Politico Reminisces About Assault Weapon Ban
By Tom Knighton
It seems yesterday was something of a historic day, at least according to Politico.
You didn’t know? Oh yeah. You see, it was the anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing the Assault Weapon Ban of 1994, and the political website wants you to know that it happened.
After three prior presidents lobbied Congress for passage of an assault weapons ban, President Bill Clinton on this day in 1994 signed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act into law over the vociferous opposition of the National Rifle Association. Earlier on this day, the Senate voted 52 to 48 in favor of its passage, clearing the way for Clinton’s signature.
On May 3, 1994, Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan co-authored a letter to the House supporting the ban as a “matter of vital importance to the public safety.” Reagan followed up with letters to individual Republican lawmakers seeking their backing. Two days later, the House approved the bill, 216 to 214.
As enacted into law, the legislation prohibited the manufacture for civilian use of semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity ammunition magazines. It applied solely to weapons to be made after Clinton signed the bill and featured a 10-year “sunset” …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms