City Council Passes New Gun Law Ordinance

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-Council members were visibly shaken by the tragic events that began Sunday night in Councilman Manspeaker's district and ended Monday morning in Councilwoman Hiller's district.

City manager Jim Colson requested a moment of silence to begin tonight's agenda.

Prayers were lifted up to everyone effected by the recent tragedies here in Topeka and also at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

An ordinance to charge an additional violation of possessing a firearm while committing certain misdemeanor crimes passed unanimously by all 9 council members. Even though it stiffens city gun law penalties, Chief Miller says it would have done nothing to prevent losing the lives of two Topeka officers.

This law wouldn't have done anything to stop the tragedy. Neither does the open carry in a vehicle law. The fact of the matter is that the bad guys are always going to have the guns."

A smoking law ordinance to make city laws more in line with current state statutes also passed tonight with little resistance. Councilmen Archer and Grey opposed.

A positive outlook for the Topeka Fire Departments. Council members unanimously passed a three year labor union agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Union #83.

A move that Chief Bailey sees as reassuring. He says, "It makes it so we know exactly whats on the table and very clear for everyone involved."

Also approved tonight were the 2013 to 2014 Capital Improvement Budget and the 2013 to 2017 Capital Improvement Program which includes the construction of station #13 on 6th and Fairlawn.