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Fairfax, Frederick join Loudoun in opposing stricter gun control

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors is seeing support in its threat to withdraw from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) if the organization doesn't reconsider its endorsement of more stringent gun control.

Loudoun's Board of Supervisors on March 14 unanimously approved withholding the $250,000 of COG dues for fiscal 2014 until the group rescinds its endorsement of a resolution from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The resolution calls for an assault weapons ban, closing the “gun-show loophole,” creating a national registry for people who have been convicted of felony firearm violations, prohibiting the sale of armor-piercing ammunition and several other gun-control measures.

Last week the City of Fairfax and Frederick County took action similar to that of Loudoun, sending a letter to COG leaders pressing them to reverse course on the gun debate.

Loudoun board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) represent the county on the COG, an independent, nonprofit association of 300 elected officials formed “to address major regional issues in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia,” according to the organization's website.

Letourneau and York oppose the “divisive” resolution from IACP, they say, because the COG is picking an unnecessary, politically-charged issue rather than dealing with unique regional matters, namely transportation.

“I'm a little t'd off about this,” York said.

York last week informed the board he was in talks with COG Executive Director Chuck Bean and the group is working to appease the three dissenting municipalities.

The discussion brought up a larger question for Loudoun County Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), who requested a detailed list of what the county gains from membership in COG.

“My experience thus far serving on two of the sub-committees, let's just say, I get the feeling they really don't care whether we're involved or not,” Volpe said. “I'd like to know what actual benefits we get.”

York answered, “The benefit that we do have is sitting at the transportation table ... there are several public safety issues for which we do benefit by being at the table.”

The next COG Board of Directors meeting is April 10.


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Comments

“Ketchup or Mustard. Seriously? Sweet avoidance tactic. You should run for congress.”

@Frank Jameso:
Seriously?  Women make lots of choices every day. You’re the one who doesn’t want to answer the question.


kazoo - People like yourself do not understand this is not a RvB or Lib vs Con issues; gun ownership is supported by the majority in America even if some of that majority supports some gun laws like expanded background check but not the AWB.

Gun restrictions are supported by big city chiefs because almost all the murders are in big cites. There is no gun or murder problem in Fairfax, Loudoun, or Fredrick.


Thankfully, they understand that the COG has ZILCH INPUT in the firearm discussion. They can’t even seem to handle the transportation gig that they are RIGHTFULLY charged with. Less Wag, More bark COG…


The usual nonsense from conservative pols. The chiefs of police think there is a serious problem with gun violence and seek more gun control—but not these short-sighted republicans in the pocket of the crazy NRA. Conservatives never see a problem with anything (except taxes)—epidemic of gun violence, out of control health-care costs, global warming, epidemic of diabetes, pollution, corruption—they see nothing! Conservatives are on the wrong side of most issues, including gun control. But that is their nature—to be wrong and stubbornly proud of it.


@Jeanne
Ketchup or Mustard.
Seriously? Sweet avoidance tactic. You should run for congress.


We barely have a murder rate and barley any of it involved a gun in 10 years and none of it has been random except the Bennett case and Mr. Bennett was not shot. There is no gun problem in Loudoun Co.

At a national level not one current proposed idea will help the real crime rate in the slightest anyway. Just a bunch of feel good do nothing ideas.


What sort of nonsense is our BOS up to?  They can be in the pocket of the NRA but they’re still supposed to represent all citizens.  Have they forgotten that?  We’ll remember on election day.


“What if they tried to curtain a woman’s right to choose?”

@Frank Jameso:  The right to choose what?


@ Bluedog
What if they tried to curtain a woman’s right to choose? I’m guessing you be ok with that, right?


It is good to see Loudoun standing up of the rights of its citizens and not bowing to the influence of those who would curtail our rights.


What is the several other gun control measures that is spoken of above.


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