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Mike Feuer And Carmen Trutanich Back New Local Gun Restrictions In City Attorney Race

Speaking after the same forum, Trutanich said he, too, is a "big gun control supporter." He touted more than 1,000 gun prosecutions undertaken by his office during his tenure.

"The gun issue is an important issue," he said. "Who's going to predict where it's going to happen next?"

Sandy Cooney, Trutanich's spokesman, said today that Trutanich "completely supports" Krekorian's proposal to crack down on high-capacity magazines. It's already illegal to buy and sell high-capacity magazines in California, but possession is not forbidden.

Trutanich "supports any measure that are going to have the prospect of reducing gun violence in Los Angeles," Cooney said.

Before he became city attorney, Trutanich's law firm represented the National Rifle Association in litigation against L.A. and other jurisdictions that passed gun control laws. Trutanich got the NRA endorsement in 2009, and said at the time that he did not see a need for new gun control measures. When he was criticized on the issue during that campaign, he said that his law partner, Chuck Michel, handled the NRA cases.

Greg Smith, another candidate for city attorney, said that he supports a federal assault weapons ban. But he did not argue for any new local measures, saying that was not the city attorney's responsibility.

"The city attorney doesn't legislate," Smith said. "That's up to the city council. My job is to advise, and I will give advice."

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