PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The Prescott City Council has rebuffed a former judge
who urged the council to adopt a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons in the
Former Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Ralph Hess told the council that
banning assault weapons is one thing that can be done to help prevent mass
shootings such as the 2011 on in Tucson.
The Daily Courier reports that Hess told the Prescott
council that the availability of assault weapons is among numerous factors that
contribute to mass shootings.
However, Mayor Marlin Kuykendall says the city doesn’t have the legal authority
to regulate assault weapons because Arizona law generally bars local governments
from enacting gun laws.