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The City Council already has approved funding to offer concealed firearms training to the 20 teachers and administrators at the local elementary school this week.

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COLORADO • Following last summer’s Aurora theater shooting, a vigorous debate on gun control is expected during the 2013 lawmaking session that starts Wednesday.

Democrats now control both chambers of the Legislature so Colorado could see a flurry of measures to curb access to firearms — including a possible assault-weapons ban.

"I want to find a way to eliminate assault weapons, but I’m still trying to figure out how to do that," said Senate President John Morse, a former police chief.

VERMONT • The Burlington City Council is supporting a proposed ban on assault rifles and multiple ammunition clips in the city.

The resolution passed the council on a 10-3 vote Monday night. It would need to go before a committee, eventually be voted on by the public and then be sent to the Legislature before it could be approved.

Elsewhere, organizers of an annual gun show in Barre say they’ll allow the showing and sale of assault weapons despite a request by the city’s mayor that the weapons not be displayed in the aftermath of the Connecticut shooting. The two-day gun show is set to begin Feb. 9.


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RHODE ISLAND • Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to hold a statewide gun buyback event.

Taveras, a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, also is talking with other mayors in the Ocean State about legislative proposals to strengthen state gun laws.

NEBRASKA • A Lincoln city councilman wants police officers assigned to more schools.

School resource officers already are assigned to each public high school. Councilman Gene Carroll wants the city and school district to consider adding them to middle schools.

CALIFORNIA • A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office said the weapons collected Dec. 26 included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons. The buyback is usually held in May but was moved up in response to the Connecticut shooting.

In San Diego, gun owners traded more than 350 weapons for grocery vouchers Dec. 21 as authorities vowed to step up firearms exchanges.



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