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US Sen. Brown: Weapons Bans Should Be Up to States

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown says states should decide whether to ban assault weapons following a shooting rampage in Colorado that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

A Brown campaign spokeswoman said Monday that the Republican supports Massachusetts’s assault weapons ban and believes states are the “appropriate venue” for such decisions.

Elizabeth Warren, Brown’s Democratic opponent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Supporters of tighter federal gun laws want a federal assault weapons ban reinstated. It expired in 2004,

That same year, Brown, then a state senator, voted to extend Massachusetts’ ban on selling or importing military-style semi-automatic weapons.

Then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed the extension into law.

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