Powell will not join other Ohio cities in calling for a state ban on some people call assault weapons.

A resolution introduced by Powell City Council member Brendan Newcomb would have called on the Ohio General Assembly to enact a ban on "semiautomatic assault-style weapons," but it never reached a vote.

The resolution cited recent mass shootings, including the Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A former student at the school, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged in the shooting. Officials have said Cruz, 19, legally purchased the rifle used in the shooting.

The motion was introduced at Powell City Council's April 2 meeting, but it was never seconded and therefore was not put to a vote.

Newcomb said there's a "need to send a message to our state legislature."

"I knew it wasn't going to pass, but I felt like I needed to do something, and this was something that I can do, given my position," he said. "Sandy Hook, to me, was the most traumatic. That was 20 first-graders -- an entire class. People just seem to be standing by the Second Amendment, which is OK, but let's bring a little common sense to this."

He said he doesn't expect to introduce similar legislation in the near future.

There were no comments from the public during the April 2 meeting.

Council members voiced concerns over whether it was appropriate for the city to take a stand on the matter, adding it is a state issue with Second Amendment implications.

Vice Mayor Tom Counts said the city historically has not taken positions on outside issues, citing Olentangy Local School District campaigns as an example.

City councils in Akron and Columbus have called for the state to ban so-called "assault weapons."

Gov. John Kasich last month introduced six "common ground" gun-control measures and has called on President Donald Trump to act.

Newcomb's resolution can be read here: tinyurl.com/powellweapons.

Powell City Council's next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Village Green Municipal Building, 47 Hall St.

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