Sen.-Elect Warren: Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren is backing a bill reinstating a national assault weapons ban.

Warren said she grew up in a family that used guns for hunting and learned how to shoot in grade school.

But Warren said no one needs military-grade assault weapons to hunt, and no one needs what she called "Rambo-style high capacity magazines" to protect their family.

Warren said Congress also needs to close what she described as a loophole in the law that does not subject those purchasing guns at gun shows, online or person-to-person from a federal background check.

The newly elected Democrat said lawmakers must also look for other measures to curb the gun related violence.

Warren made the comments in the wake of the shooting deaths of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school last week.

This program aired on December 19, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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