Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in heated dispute over gun position

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The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is typically a cooperative group of top government officials from nearly every county and city in the Washington area. They work together on coordinating police and fire issues, transportation, growth planning and environmental matters.Last month, in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the COG board of directors voted to take a position on gun violence and support measures such as an assault weapons ban, closing the "gun show loophole" and approving firearms waiting periods. The resolution entirely adopted a position paper issued in February by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.But the vote angered some members, who said the organization was venturing far from its mandate of finding solutions to regional problems and into the controversial realm of politics.

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