Windsor Council members are divided on whether to take up the volatile topic of gun control, a national issue over which they have little say.
The rift that developed at last week's council meeting was prompted by gun control advocates who are attempting to get Sonoma County and its nine cities to support reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban.
The Sonoma County Chapter of the California Brady campaign is asking local elected officials to adopt resolutions supporting the law proposed by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca.
She is seeking to renew and broaden the 1994 ban she authored on the sale of military-style weapons and large capacity bullet magazines that expired 10 years later.
Windsor Councilman Steve Allen said taking up national issues is not appropriate for the council and can eat up valuable staff time.
"Where do we draw the line?" Allen said. "Do we talk about NSA spying, do we talk about the federal budget, do we talk about Morsi being thrown out of Egypt and was that a coup?"
But Councilwoman Debora Fudge, who favors the council drafting a letter to the California Congressional delegation asking them to support Feinstein's legislation, responded: "there are people who feel it's a local issue, especially with the recent events of San Francisco last week."
She was making reference to the man who was arrested for killing two employees at a jewelry store, allegedly because he believed he was shortchanged for jewelry he recently purchased.
He was armed with a .38 caliber revolver and had an AK-47 assault rifle and extended ammunition clip in his vehicle.
Fudge said she received calls from people asking why the assault weapons ban wasn't on Windsor's agenda.