SPRINGFIELD, (WGGB) — In light of the Newtown school shootings, many have called for stricter gun control. Already, California democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce a new ban on assault weapons this upcoming session.
An AR-15 style rifle was the main weapon used by Adam Lanza to kill the children and adults in Newtown. That kind of weapon was made illegal by the 1994 federal assault weapons ban. But because the law was left to expire in 2004, Lanza’s mother was able to buy one.
U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA 3rd District) said he would support a new ban.
“We have become a country where you can buy an arsenal if you want and a lot of people do,” said McGovern. “And we’ve seen tragedy after tragedy after tragedy. There needs to be some reason here. I think you could find that balance and still respect people’s Second Amendment rights.”
But lawmakers have been here before. A mass shooting, a call for new gun laws and nothing happened. In fact, just last year, an AR-15 style rifle was one of the weapons used by James Holmes to kill 12 people and injure dozens of others in a theater in Aurora, CO. McGovern thinks this time, lawmakers could break new ground on gun control.
“People are so shocked by what happened that my hope is that it will create the political space here in Washington where members of congress will do the right thing,” said McGovern.
McGovern also said he believes there are National Rifle Association members that would break ranks for this particular issue.
Massachusetts already has its own ban on assault weapons.