Akron City Council calls for Ohio to ban assault rifles. Reported by Doug Livingston. Akron City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution Monday that asks state lawmakers to ban assault weapons and other devices used in recent mass shootings. Councilwoman Tara Samples, who represents much of downtown and South Akron, first proposed the plan in a public safety committee meeting Monday afternoon. The resolution is not law; it asks the legislature to enact gun control that failed in the U.S. Senate in 2013. For more on this and other stories, visit Ohio dot com or pick up the latest copy of the Akron Beacon Journal today.