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Gun violence and pro-gun activists discuss prior semi-automatic weapons ban


BROOKE:TODAY, DAYTON MAYOR NAN WHALEY TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF STRONGER GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION.MARK:SOME ON THE PANEL SAY THAT WOULD INFRINGE ON MILLIONS OF PEOPLE’S RIGHTS WHO LEGALLY OWN SEMI AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.2 NEWS REPORTER DEVERO BOGART IS COVERING WASHINGTON – AND HAS BOTH SIDES. DEVERO:A LOT OF DISCUSSION TODAY WAS TRYING TO DETERMINE WHERE THAT LINE IS DRAWN – ..BOTH SIDES OFTEN REFERRING TO A FEDERAL ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN 1994 WITH DIFFERING OPINIONS OF WHETHER IT WORKED OR NOT – AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TODAY.. MAYOR WHALEY AND OTHERS SAYING TODAY- THERE NEEDS TO BE A NATIONWIDE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO LEGISLATE ASSAULT WEAPONS SO CRIMINALS CAN’T BUY THEM IN A NEARBY STATE.OTHERS DISAGREE – BOTH CITING A FEDERAL BAN THAT PROHIBITED SEMI AUTOMATIC WEAPONS FROM 1994 TO 2004… SWEARER/WHAT THEY ACTUALLY FOUND WAS THAT SHOULD IT BE RENEWED, IT WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO HAVE ANY MEANINGFUL OR MEASURABLE AFFECT. IN PART BECAUSE THESE TYPES OF FIREARMS ARE RARELY USED TO COMMIT CRIMES IN THE FIRST PLACE, IT’S ACTUALLY HAND GUNS AND NON ASSAULT WEAPONS”REP. DAVID CICILLINE/(D) – RHODE ISLAND”DURING THE TEN YEAR PERIOD OF THE 1994 ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, MASS SHOOTING FATALITIES WERE 70 PERCENT LESS LIKELY THAN WHEN THE BAN WAS IN PLACE”OTHERS SAYING THAT BAN LACKED THE PROPER DEFINITIONS – AND COMPANIES MODIFIED ASSAULT WEAPONS SO THEY WERE LEGAL AND STILL EXTREMELY LETHAL..DAVID CHIPMAN/RETIRED ATF AGENT- GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATE “NOW YOU CAN GET AK AND AR PISTOLS, THEY FIRE ROUNDS THAT LEAVE DEVASTATING WOUNDS AND WE SAW THAT IN DAYTON”REP. CICILLINE HAS SPONSORED A BILL BANNING SEMI AUTOMATIC WEAPONS BUT EXEMPTS 215 WEAPONS USED FOR SPORTS OR HUNTING..MAYOR NAN WHALEY”FOR THIS BODY, I THINK THAT THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN BILL THAT REP. CICILLINE HAS PUT FORWARD IS VERY THOUGHTFUL AND SHOULD MOVE FORWARD. THAT BILL WOULD AFFECT THE DAYTON SHOOTING FRANKLY” DEVERO:THIS WAS THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON A POSSIBLE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN YEARS – BUT AS OF NOW – REPRESENTATIVE CICILLINE’S BILL FALLS SHORT OF THE 218 VOTES IT WOULD NEED TO PASS.. BROOKE:WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION ON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOLLOWING DAYTON’S CITY

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