Gun control: Ed Perlmutter will introduce assault weapons ban on day one of Congress
Perlmutter's policy move comes as Governor John Hickenlooper, in a shift from his position this summer, has said that the time has come to have a gun policy debate in the upcoming legislative cycle. He has yet to say anything too specific, though.
At the same time, President Obama has said that he does support the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, one of his more specific policy statements on gun control. After Aurora, he said that these kinds of military weapons do not belong in the hands of regular civilians, but he did not make any policy pushes.
Perlmutter is also backing a bill that would ban the production and sale of high-capacity ammunition clips, like those used in Connecticut, which Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is promoting in a press conference today alongside Representative Diana DeGette, who also proposed gun control legislation in the wake of the Aurora shooting.
Oliver says that Perlmutter supports this measure and that he and his colleagues are pushing for a vote before the current Congress ends this year. If it does not come to a vote, she says, then this ban on high-capacity magazines would be included in Perlmutter's assault weapons ban to be introduced next month.
Oliver notes that he has supported an assault weapons ban since he was a state senator in Colorado, but that this is the first time he's introducing it.
In a statement, Perlmutter says this is not about gun control, but crime control:
It's time to do more than have a conversation about guns. It is Congress' responsibility to lead, and it's time for me to take action. This is about crime control and doing what we can to deter and prevent the kinds of tragedies we've experienced all too often in the last few years. I've heard from so many law enforcement officers, people in my district and across the Colorado and the country who want us to move forward in a responsible way limiting access to weapons belong on battlefields. Our plan to renew the assault weapons ban takes these dangerous 'weapons of war' off the streets while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners and keeping our citizens safe.
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