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William G. Young U.S. District Judge

The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original meaning of the individual constitutional right to ‘bear arms'.
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Ronald Reagan Former US president

This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety ... While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals.
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Josh Sugarmann Gun control activist

To end the crisis [of gun violence], we have to regulate -or, in the case of handguns and assault weapons, completely ban -the product. We are far past the [point] where registration, licensing, safety training, background checks, or waiting periods will have much effect on firearms violence.
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Barack Obama Former President of United States of America

Reinstate the assault weapons plan. Make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us.
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Hillary Clinton US presidential candidate

We can’t fall into the trap set up by the gun lobby that says if you cannot stop every shooting you shouldn’t try to stop any
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Bernie Sanders American politician

I happen to believe that certain types of assault weapons, which are manufactured and designed for military purposes to kill people very quickly should not be used in civilian society.
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Al Gore 45th vice president of the united states

I think that we should ban so-called junk guns. I think we should ban assault weapons like the weapons used here [in Fort Worth], yes. I think that the kinds of weapons that have no legitimate use for hunting or the kind of weapon that a homeowner would use, I think they should be banned, yes, those kind of weapons.
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Sylvester Stallone Actor, writer, director, artist. Instagram: @officialslystallone

I know people get upset and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon'. But who needs an assault weapon? Like, really, unless you're carrying out an assault.
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Elizabeth Banks American actress

It would be wise to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and silencers. None of which is excessive.
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Mitt Romney Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah.

Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.
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Emma Gonzalez Change ? in my country ? it's more likely than you think.

Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.
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Charles Krauthammer Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller - Things That Matter, now in paperback. https://t.c

[T]he assault weapons ban will have no significant effect either on the crime rate or on personal security. Nonetheless, it is a good idea …. Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in [the direction of disarming the citizenry]. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation f... See More
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Chuck Schumer U.s. senator from the state of new york

The only people who use them [so-called assault weapons] are mass murderers.
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Sheryl Crow American musician and actress

Anyone who does not fight for gun legislation to ban assault weapons cannot claim to be pro-life.
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Michael Nutter American mayor

We need to ban assault weapons. We need to ban the high-capacity clips and magazines. We need serious background information, system upgrade.
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Dianne Feinstein American politician

Our support for assault weapons ban is very broad...I think we've got all the police, we have all the mayors virtually - the conference of mayors, mayors against guns. We have medical experts, we have virtually dozens of religious organizations of every creed supporting us. We have just lists and lists.
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Maura Healey American attorney, member of the democratic party and the attorney general of massachusetts

Strong gun laws save lives, and we will not be intimidated by the gun lobby in our efforts to end the sale of assault weapons and protect our communities and schools.
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Mark Udall American politician

I've come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don't have any place in our society. We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.
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Joe Lhota opinions here are my own

There is no reason for anybody to have an assault weapon.
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Leland Yee Father, husband, educator, child psychologist, reformer, #CA Senator and Candidate for #Califo

It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion.
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Ruby Bridges American activist

When I think about our babies today and them not being safe in school, I think that should be the next civil rights movement, you know, is to ban the assault weapons so that our babies can be safe.

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Gregory Kane American journalist

The ban on assault weapons has decreased gun violence in Baltimore not one iota. That's because few, if any, of the shootings were done with assault weapons.
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Charlton Heston Actor and political activist

You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the 'assault weapons' of the First Amendment. They're ugly, a lot of people don't like them, but they're protected by the First Amendment - just as 'assault weapons' are protected by the Second Amendment.
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Ben Shapiro EIC https://t.co/Jd8PhAEM3i, syndicated radio host and columnist, host of "The Ben Shapiro Sho

They [civilians] need them [assault weapons] for the prospective possibility of resistance to tyranny.
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National Shooting Sports Foundation NSSF is the trade association for America's firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, prot

So-called 'Assault weapons' are more often than not less powerful than other hunting rifles. The term 'assault weapon' was conjured up by anti-gun legislators to scare voters into thinking these firearms are something out of a horror movie… [T]he Colt AR-15 and Springfield M1A, both labeled 'assault weapons,' are the rifles most used for marksmanship competitions in the United States. And their ca... See More
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John Lott President,Crime Prevention Research Cntr.Author The War on Guns;More Guns,Less Crime(Univ Chi

We have tried an assault weapons ban in the United States for ten years and there's no evidence it has any impact.
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Adam Winkler Constitutional law prof @UCLA. Author of Gunfight. Writing also in Slate, New Republic, NY Tim

[Assault weapons bans are] largely ineffectual [because] it is hard for legislators to effectively regulate [guns] without banning half the handguns in the country.
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Adam Winkler Constitutional law prof @UCLA. Author of Gunfight. Writing also in Slate, New Republic, NY Tim

Because these guns are really just ordinary rifles, it is hard for legislators to effectively regulate them without banning half the handguns in the country (those that are semiautomatic and/or have detachable magazines) and many hunting rifles as well.
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Alan Keyes For God, Liberty and the Constitutional Republic

The Assault Weapons Ban deals with a fictional distinction. You have guns that are exactly the same guns as are banned, in function, that were banned because of the way they look. And you know, that's the whole truth of this policy: it's to make politicians look as if they are doing something, when in point of fact, they are doing nothing.
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David Mamet Playwright

The so-called assault weapons ban is a hoax. It is a political appeal to the ignorant. The guns it supposedly banned have been illegal for 78 years. Did the ban make them 'more' illegal? The ban addresses only the appearance of weapons, not their operation.
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