Chula Vista Council Passes Gun Control Resolution

By Nicole Gonzales
|  Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 9:27 AM PDT
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On Tuesday, Chula Vista became the first local city to pass new gun restrictions since the Newtown school shooting. The resolution will keep military-style weapons and high capacity magazines off the streets. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales reports.

On Tuesday, Chula Vista became the first local city to pass new gun restrictions since the Newtown school shooting. The resolution will keep military-style weapons and high capacity magazines off the streets. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales reports.

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The Chula Vista City Council approved a measure on Tuesday that supports tougher gun control on a national level.

The council passed the resolution unanimously in an effort to send a strong message to federal officials.

The federal "Fix Gun Checks Act" was recommended by Mayor Cheryl Cox. It is designed to reduce gun violence by limiting the types of guns for sale. The resolution will keep military-style weapons and high capacity magazines off the streets.

It's also supposed to strengthen background checks for every gun purchase.

One loophole that the measure will close is preventing people with certain mental illnesses from owning firearms.

“The city of Chula Vista is a strong advocate for common-sense policies that keep guns out of dangerous hands while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Cox in a statement.

The city is one of the first in the county to pass such a resolution.

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