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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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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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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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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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