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Sen. Brown: I Support Federal Assault Weapons Ban

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BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Scott Brown says he now supports a federal assault weapons ban.

Throughout his failed re-election campaign last year Brown said he opposed the ban, saying he believed states are the appropriate venue for weapons bans. At the time, the Republican said he supported Massachusetts’ assault weapons ban.

On Wednesday, Brown said he was changing his stance on the federal ban in light of the shooting deaths of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school last week, which he called beyond comprehension.

In a statement, Brown said he had hoped that other states would have followed Massachusetts’ assault weapons ban.

He said that since other states haven’t, and innocent people are being killed, he now supports a federal ban.

Democratic Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, who defeated Brown in November, also supports a federal ban.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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  • paulb62

    Sure he supports a ban, so he looks good to the public if he runs for Jerry’s position.
    You need the majority to accept a federal ban on these weapons, but when you have the good role in congress owning these weapons themselves you will not get a ban on these weapons.
    Bottom line, criminals will get their hands on these weapons no matter what ban is out there.
    Stop producing these weapons and then there are less out there to be had.