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Gun Advocates: Assault Weapon Ban Wouldn’t Have Prevented Newtown Shooting Spree

gun safeWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Adam Lanza carried three guns into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14. There were two handguns, a 10-millimeter Glock and a 9-millimeter, and an AR-15 style rifle, all owned by his mother.

Some are now calling for a new assault weapons ban because the 1994 ban which expired in 2004 included AR-15’s.

In response, Gun Owners Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace said, “I don’t see any need to ban any firearm.”

He also said AR-15 type firearms have legitimate uses.

“What some people call an assault weapon is a modern sportsman’s rifle,” said Wallace.

Philip Marcil, General Manager of Guns, Inc. in West Springfield, said he doesn’t think a federal ban would have prevented the killings in Newtown.

“We’re all as sportsmen grieving over the situation,” Marcil said. “But the assault weapons ban is not the issue. The biggest issue in my mind would be, one, how did he obtain these guns? Were they properly secured?”

Whether Adam Lanza’s mother had the guns locked away hasn’t been answered yet.

Marcil said securing a gun is emphasized every time a customer purchases a firearm. According to the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau, there are currently over
280,000 Firearms Identification Cards and Licenses to Carry a firearm in the state. the state also has its own ban on assault weapons.

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