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Sunday, July 22, 2012
The time has long since come to renew the Assault Weapons Ban
What the Assault Weapons Ban is and a little history (from Wikipedia):
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) (or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law in the United States that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called "assault weapons". There was no legal definition of "assault weapons" in the U.S. prior to the law's enactment. The 10-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban's enactment.
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired on September 13, 2004, as part of the law's sunset provision. There have been multiple attempts to renew the ban, but no bill has reached the floor for a vote.
The Aurora, Colorado Congressman is calling for a reinstatement of the Assault Weapon Ban, thank goodness:
Please contact the House of Representatives to renew the Assault Weapons Ban: