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Rep. Perlmutter To Introduce Updated Military Assault Weapons Ban
"These are weapons of war, and belong in theaters of war... not in our movie theaters, schools, colleges, grocery stores, shopping malls, churches or on our streets."
Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter announced he will introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 along with U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in the House of Representatives and in coordination with Sen. Feinstein in the U.S. Senate. Perlmutter spoke at a press conference today with Sens. Dianne Feinstein, , Schumer, Blumenthal, Murphy and law enforcement officers, local elected officials, gun violence victims and their families as Feinstein introduced the companion Senate measure. The House version will be introduced next week.
Also - See below for a letter from the Aurora Victims' Families in support of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.
Perlmutter stated, "I believe in the Second Amendment, and we have to protect the right to defend ourselves. I believe in liberty and rights of hunters, sportsmen, and personal defense gun owners. But we can’t continue silently watching 30,000 deaths a year by guns and near-monthly mass shootings in places we should feel most safe. Every day, families - like the ones impacted in Aurora --and in my neighborhood, in the grocery store, and who call my office are asking for solutions to the heartbreaking problem of gun violence.
We cannot wait another day, week or month. We cannot let another cop on the street be outgunned, or an innocent child be taken from their family. The time for action is now to keep our kids and communities safe. As the President recently noted, these are weapons of war, and belong in theaters of war... not in our movie theaters, schools, colleges, grocery stores, shopping malls, churches or on our streets. They are for use by our military to protect our country abroad and at home. There is nothing to fear in these ideas, and I will work to ensure the safety of our kids and our communities without infringing upon the rights of lawful, legal and responsible gun owners."
The legislation lists 158 models of guns, like the AR series, the AK series, and Uzis, which do not serve a practical purpose of sporting or self-defense. These are weapons designed by militaries to make soldiers on the battlefield more effective. This new assault weapons ban closes loopholes which plagued the 1994 ban, and it bans high capacity assault magazines like the 100-round magazine used in Aurora.
January 23, 2012
Caren Teves (mother of Alex Teves)
Sandy Phillips (mother of Jessica Ghawi)
Lonnie Phillips (stepfather of Jessica Ghawi)
Jerri Jackson (mother of Matt McQuinn)
David Jackson (stepfather of Matt McQuinn)
Greg Medek (father of Micayla Medek)
Rena Medek (mother of Micayla Medek)
Marlene Knobbe (grandmother of Micayla Medek)
Medek (sister to Micayla)
Robert Wingo, (father of Rebecca Ann Wingo’s two children)
Dave Hoover (Uncle of AJ Boik)
Theresa Hoover (mother of AJ Boik)
Jessica Watts (cousin of Jonathan Blunk)
Anita Busch (cousin of Greg and Micayla Medek)
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