Kapszukiewicz announced the executive directive on weapons and
ammunition purchasing in the wake of yet another mass shooting,
this time in Pittsburgh where 11 people were gunned down in a
Every year, the city of Toledo spends about $150,000 on
ammunition, firearms, and firearms replacement parts.
“When we find vendors from whom to buy guns and ammunition, we
are going to take steps to make sure the companies are
responsible, and that the companies do not look the other way
when an AR-15 gets in the hands of a mentally ill 15-year-old,”
The mayor said the majority of mass shooting gunmen obtained
weapons legally. He also noted that many of the gunmen in the
past dozen mass shootings in the United States used an AR-15.
Responsible gun companies will be determined through six
questions that companies must answer before contracts are
established, Kapszukiewicz said. Those questions are:
you manufacture assault weapons for civilian use?
you sell assault weapons for civilian use?
Which firearms does your company agree to not sell to civilians?
you require your dealers to conduct background checks?
your company have a plan in place to invest in gun and
ammunition tracing technologies?
you use, at a minimum, industry best practices for inventory
control and transactions?
“If other large cities…adopt the same policy – and I think there
is a good chance they will – the financial impact could be north
of $1 million,” he said. “What we are doing today is a small
step, but I could not standby and do nothing.”
The mayor’s announcement can be watched here: