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Should the US Ban Assault Weapons?
A 1994 federal law that banned assault weapons expired in 2004 and has not been renewed by Congress.
At least seven states have a version of an assault weapon ban, but no federal law currently exists.
Proponents of a ban assert that military-style weapons should not be in the hands of the public and taking them away would reduce violent crimes. Opponents of a ban contend the weapons fall under Second Amendment protection and that crimes are more often committed with weapons not covered by the ban.
Source: Meghan Keneally, "Understanding the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and Why It Ended," abcnews.go.com, Sep. 13, 2019
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