Via Huffington Post:
Los Angeles moved Wednesday to divest its pensions from any company associated with the production, sale or marketing of assault weapons.
“We are sending a clear signal that Los Angeles supports a ban on assault weapons and that the second-largest city in the nation will not use its resources to fund these dangerous weapons,” LA Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the motion, said on her blog.
The measure instructs the city’s three pension fund systems to report on their investments and begin the process of divesting from companies that produce, sell or market assault weapons, high-volume ammunition magazines, high-caliber ammunition and other firearms “of a type used to inflict mass casualties.”
Councilwoman Perry told The Huffington Post that her introduction of the motion was influenced by “reading when I was younger about strategies to break the chain of commerce for groups that are profiting off of tragedy.”
Los Angeles has divested from tobacco companies, Sudan, Burma and apartheid South Africa in the past. “I wanted to go beyond a ban on assault weapons because everyone who’s a Democrat supports that,” said Perry, who is vying to become LA’s next mayor. “This is more innovative, and it has worked before for the city.”
On Jan. 16, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent letters to the city’s three pension fund systems – the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS), the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions (LAFPP) and the Water and Power Employees’ Retirement Plan (WPERP) — asking each to work to end any investments in companies that produce or manufacture firearms, ammunition or high-capacity magazines.