- -Kerry Criticizes Bush for Loss of Weapons Ban (BBC News)
"The US Democrat presidential candidate has attacked President Bush for failing to push for the renewal of a 10-year ban on private use of assault weapons."
" 'So, tomorrow for the first time in 10 years when a killer walks into a gun shop, when a terrorist goes to a gun show somewhere in America, when they want to purchase an AK-47 or some other military assault weapon, they're going to hear one word: "Sure", he [Kerry] said.' "
"The 1994 ban covered 19 different types of military assault weapons, including AK-47, Kalashnikov and Uzi rifles, as well as high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds."
"In order to get the measure through Congress, Mr Clinton agreed to demands for a vote to be held after 10 years to confirm the ban."
"However, Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, refused to schedule such a vote." 9-04
- Assault Weapons Ban Extended (CBS News)
"The Senate voted Tuesday to extend for another decade a ban on military-style assault weapons and to require background checks on buyers at private gun shows, giving Democrats a rare victory on gun legislation that would also deny crime victims the ability to sue gunmakers and dealers."
"Democrats argued that law enforcement officers and regular citizens all would be safer if the assault weapons covered under the bill continued to be banned. 'These are weapons of war. They are designed to kill a lot of people quickly,' said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who authored the 1994 gun ban while in the House."
"Warner, who voted against the gun ban in 1994, said the testimony from law enforcement officials in his state convinced him to vote Tuesday for renewing it." 3-04