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Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Chee-to, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=6960824&page=1

    So it starts..........:wow:

    Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban
    Previous Ban Expired in 2004 During the Bush Administration
    By JASON RYAN
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2009

    The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.
    Wednesday Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Obama administration will seek to reinstitute the assault weapons ban which expired in 2004 during the Bush administration.

    "As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.

    Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

    "I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum." Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.

    Mexican government officials have complained that the availability of sophisticated guns from the United States have emboldened drug traffickers to fight over access routes into the U.S.

    A State Department travel warning issued Feb. 20, 2009, reflected government concerns about the violence.

    "Some recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades," the warning said. "Large firefights have taken place in many towns and cities across Mexico, but most recently in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez."

    At the news conference today, Holder described his discussions with his Mexican counterpart about the recent spike in violence.

    "I met yesterday with Attorney General Medina Mora of Mexico, and we discussed the unprecedented levels of violence his country is facing because of their enforcement efforts," he said.

    Holder declined to offer any time frame for the reimplementation of the assault weapons ban, however.

    "It's something, as I said, that the president talked about during the campaign," he said. "There are obviously a number of things that are -- that have been taking up a substantial amount of his time, and so, I'm not sure exactly what the sequencing will be."

    In a brief interview with ABC News, Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Association, said, "I think there are a lot of Democrats on Capitol Hill cringing at Eric Holder's comments right now."

    During his confirmation hearing, Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee about other gun control measures the Obama administration may consider.

    "I think closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent, would be something that would be permitted under Heller," Holder said, referring to the Supreme Court ruling in Washington, D.C. v. Heller, which asserted the Second Amendment as an individual's right to own a weapon.

    The Assault Weapons Ban signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 banned 19 types of semi-automatic military-style guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds.

    "A semi-automatic is a quintessential self-defense firearm owned by American citizens in this country," LaPierre said. "I think it is clearly covered under Heller and it's clearly, I think, protected by the Constitution."
     
  2. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I just don't agree that losing more of our rights as American citizens is the way to go. Maybe a little more border control might help stop firearms from crossing the border illegally. I also wonder about the amount of none assault firearms that go over to Mexico also.
     
  3. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sorry didn't notice this article is a year old......:dunno:
     
  4. PeakResources

    PeakResources Portland (past) Colorado (now) Member

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    Mexico may have it's problems, but it will have problems no matter our actions. It really is just another story weaved by the elite to convince the people of this Great Country that they should give up their 2nd Amendment rights and act less like a sovereign nation, and more like a "world citizen."
     
  5. Hondo

    Hondo Keizer Member

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    I'll believe it when I see it. If it was such a hot topic why didn't he nail it out of the shute. The first thing he did was allow you to carry in federal parks. You'd think throwing money to Haiti and running into debt, unemployment and government health care would take up too much of his time.
     
  6. HahnsXD

    HahnsXD Battle Ground WA Active Member

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    It is, article's a year old...
     
  7. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Bingo, and it should be pointed out that Mexico HAS government gun control. Yet murders and kidnappings are out of control. In fact, it is the police that are behind most of the kidnappings! Anyone with a weapon gets to prey on the unarmed citizens down there. It's damn sad, but our restricting weapons will in no way improve Mexico, they will just buy guns elsewhere and the police will continue to kidnap and hold innocent civi's for ransom payouts.
     
  8. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Mexico gets a tiny fraction of it's "assault" rifles from the US because we have very few select fire weapons in private hands to sell them. They want fully auto weapons and they have them. It is too risky to smuggle the guns into the US and then into Mexico.

    Those true assault weapons make their way into Mexico via Guatemala and Honduras etc. where it's far easier to move them.

    Some semi auto versions do make it from here to Mexico, but then a lot of drugs and crime come here from Mexico.

    Seal the border. Kick out illegal aliens many of whom contribute greatly to our crime rate and clog our jails and prisons.

    It ain't brain surgery.
     
  9. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Northern Idaho Member

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    I am of the belief that the U.S. is not Mexico's largest supply of "illegal" firearms. They have an open door from South America and can accept container ships at any Mexican port. They may have originated in the U.S. but have since gone to other countries before making their way back to Mexico (usually modified for full auto). Do you think the cartels are going to stop acquiring guns if we ban them in the U.S.? Of course not, they will just find them elsewhere. Treat the problem, not the symptom.
     
  10. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    We'll let it slide this time... :paranoid:
     
  11. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    BUT, you can bet your bippy they haven't given up on it......:noway:
     
  12. phathom

    phathom Vancouver, WA Member

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    I just about pooped my pants and ran to the store to buy myself an AR-15, AK-47 and as many 30 round mags I could get.

    Then I realized it was posted over a year ago and that he's backed down quite a bit since then because things are shaky and not a lot of people are too happy with him right now as it is, so I calmed down a bit.
     
  13. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    My $.02 is that there will be a try at our guns but it won't be legislative unless it's something like the "assault weapons ban."

    I believe that the real try at getting our guns will be a Marshal Law attempt. As Emanuel said, "never let a crisis go to waste."

    See Katrina.