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City to Fight Gangs with New Gun Laws

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A slew of gun ordinances are up for a vote at tomorrow's city council meeting. They're touted as ways to help disarm gangs, but as anything goes with restricting the use of guns, groups such as the National Riffle Association (NRA), the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), the California Association of Firearm Retailers (CAFR), and other interest groups have threatened to bring forth litigation, which Mayor Villaraigosa vows to fight.

Among the laws under consideration tomorrow, two of them would hit alleged gang members at home and in their cars. One would allow the city to seize vehicles used in gang-related crimes; another would allow landlords to evict tenants using or possessing illegal weapons and ammunition.

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