PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT EXTENSION OF THE FEDERAL BAN
ON SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPONS
 
WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has identified firearm injury as "an extremely serious health concern" and has supported efforts to curb possession of handguns by minors;
 
WHEREAS, semi-automatic assault weapons are civilian versions of automatic military weapons and have the capacity to spray a large number of bullets across a wide area in a few seconds;
 
WHEREAS, such weapons are weapons of choice of drug traffickers, gangs and terrorists;
 
WHEREAS, victims of such weapons have included police officers, by-standers in gang warfare, sniper victims and victims of hold-ups at bank ATM machines;
 
WHEREAS, the Federal Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 included a ten-year ban on the future manufacture, transfer and possession of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines or "clips";
 
WHEREAS, the assault weapons ban is set to expire on September 13, 2004 unless it is renewed by Congress;
 
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 2109 and House of Representatives Bill 3831 would both amend the Federal Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to extend the ban on such weapons for another ten (10) years;
 
WHEREAS, in anticipation of the expiration of the ban, manufacturers are gearing up for the production of weapons such as the AK-47 and Uzis to satisfy pent up demand for "classic" versions of the weapons;
 
WHEREAS, the extension of the ban is supported by both anticipated presidential candidates, President George W. Bush and John F. Kerry; as well as by health professionals, children's advocates, religious and civic organizations and by law enforcement organizations.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association urges the United States Congress to extend the federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons for an additional ten (10) years.
 
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chancellor or his/her designee is authorized to take whatever steps are necessary to effectuate this resolution.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: JUNE 24, 2004