Sen. Brown: I Support Federal Assault Weapons Ban

December 19, 2012 6:00 PM
Sen. Brown: I Support Federal Assault Weapons Ban
" BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who opposed a federal assault weapons ban during his failed re-election campaign, now says he supports the ban in light of the shooting deaths of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school last week, which he called beyond comprehension.

Brown announced his shift in position Wednesday afternoon. Hours earlier, Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, who defeated Brown, said she’ll sign onto a bill reinstating a national assault weapons ban when she takes office in early January.

Warren said she grew up in a family that used guns for hunting and learned how to shoot in grade school, but she said the nation needs to do more to protect the thousands of children who die in shootings each year.

“There can be a place for responsible gun ownership in our society,” the Democrat said in an email to supporters. “But no one needs military-grade assault weapons to hunt, and no one needs Rambo-style high capacity magazines to protect their family from intruders.”

Brown, who lost to Warren last month, had opposed reinstatement of the federal weapons ban that had been in place from 1994 to 2004 "

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