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No Vote On Occupy Oakland Weapons Ban After Meeting Disrupted

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Protesters rally for International Worker's Day outside the Alameda County Court House on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators have called for nation-wide May Day strikes to protest economic inequality and political corruption. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Protesters rally for International Worker’s Day outside the Alameda County Court House on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators have called for nation-wide May Day strikes to protest economic inequality and political corruption. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Occupy Oakland protesters disrupted a meeting Tuesday where city leaders were considering a law banning the use of homemade weapons by demonstrators.

Police cleared a meeting of the City Council’s public safety committee on Tuesday after protesters began yelling that the measure would infringe their rights. Some swore, shouted down a speaker and hinted at violence if the measure passed.

The ordinance would allow police to arrest demonstrators carrying shields, clubs and defensive sprays.

Councilmember Pat Kernighan said the proposal is modeled after similar laws in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. She said she might present the proposal to the full City Council at its next meeting.

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