Announcement from AG Eric Holder re: new AWB


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Richard.Howe
February 26, 2009, 06:50 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=6960824&page=1

Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban
The 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."

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2ndAmFan
February 26, 2009, 07:10 AM
More of this AWB stuff, huh? Will these people never learn? I have a right and a responsibility to protect my family and myself and I live too far away from the nearest town to sit and twiddle my thumbs while I'm waiting on law enforcement. If they pass another ban you can be sure the BGs will have whatever weapons they want, just like they do now, and I don't think any law-abiding citizen should be outgunned by them. When our government can honestly 100% prove that no BG has any firearms whatsoever I might reconsider my position on this, but I doubt it.

xsquidgator
February 26, 2009, 07:16 AM
Behold the lovely results of affirmative action brought to the highest levels.
So much liberal ignorance on display, but I have to ask: "Cop killer bullets"? Aren't those the hollowpoints that the police themselves use?

Shung
February 26, 2009, 07:19 AM
no.. I think "copkiller bullets" are some special teflon bullets that are already forbidden for the common gun owners, and from a long time.

distra
February 26, 2009, 07:24 AM
no.. I think "copkiller bullets" are some special teflon bullets that are already forbidden for the common gun owners, and from a long time.


Depends on how "they" define "cop killer". FMJ 7.62 bullet will penetrate light bullet resistant vests. So is this now a "cop killer" bullet? Armor piercing rounds are already illegal. Get you dues into the NRA soon, this is going to be a bloody fight. :cuss:

grimjaw
February 26, 2009, 07:39 AM
So we go from being a nation of cowards to a nation of unarmed cowards?

I have no words for Eric Holder that qualify as high road.

jm

Bowfishrp
February 26, 2009, 07:57 AM
No we wont grimjaw...at least some wont.

My guess is that this is how they will ban ALL 30 cal ammo since I would bet just about anything from a 308 or 30-06 and other heavier ammo could penetrate armor. Yes, I am a little paranoid.

Jorg Nysgerrig
February 26, 2009, 08:24 AM
Ongoing discussion here:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=430933

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