Mayor Jim Suttle will pledge to support a local ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines in a campaign commercial set for release today.
The advertisement shows footage of a school hallway, movie theater and shopping mall. Suttle's voice joins a meter imposed on the screen and counts the days since mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Omaha's Von Maur department store.
“And Washington still hasn't banned assault weapons,” Suttle says in the 30-second spot. “As mayor, I'm tired of waiting for Washington. I'm the only candidate who would ban assault weapons in Omaha and limit high-capacity magazines ... Send a message that this can never happen again.”
While the ad proposes a local ban, Suttle's campaign has yet to offer specifics about the mayor's plan. Suttle's campaign says the mayor will examine what could be enacted in accordance with state law.
Candidates' positions on tackling violent crime are a central issue in this year's election.
Politically, the mayor's injection of a heated gun control debate into the election might be an appeal to his core supporters. It could also galvanize opponents.
Councilwoman Jean Stothert, one of three Republicans in the officially nonpartisan race, has said Suttle's plans on violent crime erode Second Amendment gun rights.
Suttle has already signed on with a group of 30 U.S. mayors calling for congressional action on gun control. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns group released a separate ad last week that demanded universal background checks for gun sales, tougher federal gun laws and limits on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Suttle is the last of the five major mayoral candidates to release a campaign commercial.
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