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City Council Finalizes Legislative Wish List for General Assembly

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Monday, Charlottesville City Council finalized its legislative wish list for the General Assembly. The list includes stricter gun control in the city and a potential change that could make you think twice about how you bag your groceries.

Council is asking the General Assembly for stricter gun control. It wants to be able to make it illegal to carry certain loaded guns in public.

Back in January, a man walked into a Kroger armed with a loaded rifle - but didn't commit a crime. If this legislation were in place, police would have been able to charge him with a misdemeanor.

Some disagree with the proposal, but one city councilor says it wouldn't impose gun laws right away.

"This is the most lethal instrument for killing someone in America. Are you planning on also banning baseball bats from Charlottesville?,” said Joe Drago, who lives in Charlottesville.

"It doesn't say that we have imposed gun restrictions, it says that we believe that as a locality we have the right to decide that for our own community,” said Kristin Szakos, city councilor.

City Council is also pushing lawmakers for a tax on plastic bags in grocery, convenience and drug stores. It wants to impose a five-cent tax every time shoppers choose plastic for their purchases. Council says this will cut down on plastic pollution.

Councilors will ask the General Assembly for permission to enforce a no smoking policy in place in certain parks. The proposal comes out of concerns about secondhand smoke.

None of the proposals will go into effect - they will just head to the General Assembly for review once the session begins.

To read all eight requests for legislation from Charlottesville City Council, click here.

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