BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said it is an outrage that the Los Angeles city council supports new efforts to ratchet down on the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while it touts itself a “Sanctuary City” for illegal aliens.

Los Angeles is one of about 50 cities around the country that have adopted so-called “Sanctuary Laws” that prevent police from determining someone’s immigration status. Yet Los Angeles suffers from a plague of gang violence, and many of these criminals are in this country illegally.

“The city council has endorsed four new California anti-gun bills,” noted CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, “that target the wrong people. These bills place additional burdens on firearms retailers and law-abiding gun owners, but do nothing to curtail gang activities or stop gang members, many of whom do not belong in this country. These criminals make our neighborhoods unsafe, not citizens who legally own firearms.

“This is yet another example of liberal politicians scapegoating their crime problems on the shoulders of law-abiding firearms owners, retailers and manufacturers,” Waldron said. “If any of these new legislative proposals were to ever actually prevent a crime, it would be a miracle. One of these bills would require a gun owner to report a stolen gun to the police within five days of its loss. What ever happened to the concept of going after the thief who steals the gun?

“It is pretty clear where the priorities of anti-gun lawmakers and city council members lie,” Waldron observed. “They are far more interested in political correctness than they are in public safety. These gun control fanatics would rather demonize law-abiding firearms owners – you know, American citizens – than adopt policies that identify illegal aliens, kick them out of the country and keep them out. It’s the crimes committed by these thugs that make law-abiding citizens want to buy guns, and all these new policies would do is make it tougher for good people to arm themselves.”