Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced plans to introduce the a new, improved Assault Weapons Ban with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY) when Congress returns in January.
Perlmutter has been supportive of reinstating the AWB since he was a state senator in Colorado. Following the tragic shootings at Columbine and the movie theater in Aurora, CO and most recently at the elementary school in Connecticut, he has been coordinating closely with members of the House and Sen. Dianne Feinstein to prepare a responsible bill to enact an assault weapons ban which will outlaw the future sale of assault weapons while respecting the 2nd Amendment rights of responsible gun owners by exempting many firearms used for sport, hunting and personal defense.
"It's time to do more. It is Congress' responsibility to lead, and it's time for me to take action. This is about crime control and doing what we can to deter and prevent the kinds of tragedies we've experienced all too often in the last few years.
I've heard from so many law enforcement officers, people in my district and across Colorado and the country who want us to move forward in a responsible way limiting access to weapons belong on battlefields. Our plan to renew the assault weapons ban takes these dangerous 'weapons of war' off the streets while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners and keeping our citizens safe."
Perlmutter's bill will be the companion measure to the bill being introduced in the Senate by Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA).