Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken vote in favor of semiautomatic rifle ban

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"I think that what we've seen in these mass murders of late is the use of these assault weapons, and I think that this will save lives," Franken said.
Though Al Franken seemed a bit conflicted about the issue in January, both he and Amy Klobuchar joined the rest of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to vote in favor of a gun control proposal that would ban some semiautomatic rifles and limit magazine sizes.

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"Are we going to see these mass murders go to zero? No, we're not. But I think if we can save one life or a few lives by doing this, then I think it's worth it," Franken is quoted as saying in an MPR report, echoing language used by President Obama when he gave a speech in north Minneapolis last month.

More from MPR:
In a 10-8 party line vote with both of Minnesota's Democratic senators voting with the majority, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the final elements of the most broad-ranging gun control proposals to receive congressional attention in nearly 20 years.

The bill approved on Thursday includes a ban on many assault-style weapons and would also limit ammunition magazines for semiautomatic weapons to 10 rounds.

While the legislation would ban the sale, manufacture and importation of assault-style semiautomic weapons and large ammunition clips, those currently in possession of those weapons and clips could still keep theirs.
Franken conceded it'll be tough to get the bill through the GOP-controlled House. That view is shared by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said earlier this winter that while a semiautomatic rifle ban could "maybe" win approval in his chamber, the chances of it getting through the House were slim.

"Is it something that can pass the House? I doubt it," Reid said.

Here in Minnesota, Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park and the chair of the Senate's recent gun control hearings, said he isn't interested in pushing for a state-level semiautomatic ban or magazine size restriction this session.

"I want to focus on what we can accomplish this year," Latz said, according to a Pioneer Press report. "Assault weapons bans and high-capacity magazine restrictions are much more divisive and frankly I think they're much better suited to be dealt with at the federal level."
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Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

and Branden Strot no not all weapons are semi automatic. There are all types of actions. Semi automatics dispel the spent round and reload another with every trigger pull while there are revolvers, lever action, bolt action, break action many of which require you to dispel the bullet manually before another shot can be fired

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

and retard is a perfect fit for your line of thinking calling you mentally handicapped was a little to soft.

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

and i am no Republican i am a constitutionalist.

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

why don't you move to Chicago and see how the gun bans are working. You say "assault weapons" are not for self-defense while the government says otherwise. DHS just purchased thousands of AR15 style rifles for use as personal defense weapons

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

my "hunting rifle" is semi automatic along with all my guns. You have no clue what you are talking about.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

um, are not all guns semi automatic? except for those of you who still use black powder.

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

I'm associated with City Pages? Really? I'm not, but I would like to see your proof. Oh, you don't have any. Just like EVERY REPUBLICAN I know, ignore the facts, and make up your own lies that fit in with your beliefs...

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

Wow. You are so intelligent. Calling me a retard just shows your intelligence. You can protect your family with a hand gun, or shot gun. I have never said to ban those. I said to ban Semi-Automatic Assault Rifles. There's a difference. And you CAN still defend your family with a hand gun, a shot gun, or hunting rifle....

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

And while we're at, then maybe guns should be more like cars. We have to register all of our cars, so every gun should be registered. We have to have a license where we pay a fee every year for a car, then all guns should have yearly renewed licenses that you have to pay a fee every year. And you have to have insurance to operate a car, and every gun owner should have to have insurance, to pay out to any victims shot with your gun, whether it be accidental or on purpose.

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

Wow. Comparing Cars with Guns... I'm sick of that argument that gun supporters bring up. Seriously? A car is a means of transportation, a semi-automatic rifle is made for one thing, killing, whether it be an animal or human, it's made for killing.

Paul Lockman
Paul Lockman

It's u fortunate full auto conversions aren't more readily available

Kerry J. McCarty
Kerry J. McCarty

Holmes is a registered democrat and was on psychotropic drugs. And so was the Fort Hood, Columbine and Sandy hook killers. The gun isn't the problem. Democrats and psychotropic drugs are the problem.

Mike Kandorman
Mike Kandorman

I would like a good reason why you need a car. I don't want you to have one any longer because even though as far as I know, you have never killed anyone with your car, you may. Therefor, in the interest of public safety, I demand you turn it over now.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Legally bought cigarettes kill more people(including children) then everything mentioned above. If you want to save actually lives then ban smoking. For those asking 'why anyone needs a semi automatic rifle' look back at history. The rifles used in the mass killings of native americans were lever action rifles. These knee jerk reactions after tragedies of this nature will not stop violence, if fact I think it will only perpetuate they problem by encouraging these but jobs trying to make their points. End they non stop broadcasts of every detail with these events, they serve as they gratification sought by they killers.

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

keith is associated with city pages, and is a full blown liberal...

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

The only thing that has become clear from reading the comments is Keith knows ZERO about firearms the way he speaks he is implying semi autos and an actual assault rifle are one in the same. I've come to the conclusion he has neither held or fired a firearm maybe not even been in the same room as one knowingly and he fears what he doesn't understand

Joseph Drizzle
Joseph Drizzle

I was joking. just trying to fit in with the rest of the inanimate object fearing, mocha jesus worshipping douche bag pussies here in this state.

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

joseph i do think about the "children", that is why are guns and ammo are locked up seperate from each other....OH and my children know how to respect and use guns....

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

Joseph you data is off .You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a violent crime. Ban BED SHEETS NOW!!!

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

further more one can shoot more bullets of a higher capacity, then an AR... once these morons realize, oh well that didnt work. what then? on to ban more guns? yea that makes since :/ ..... more people die, get murdered with a regular pistol then AR.....

Sam Solarz
Sam Solarz

We should ban crack I heard that kills also. Drunk driving should me illegal also.

Joseph Drizzle
Joseph Drizzle

Statistics show that one of every three Americans will be murdered by an assault rifle at some point in their lives. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!?!

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

for the record adam lanza did not use an AR, it was in his trunk. not in the school..

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

fuck both of those pieces of shit.

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

legal abortions kill more innocent lives then AR's....

Sam Solarz
Sam Solarz

My rifle has killed less people then Ted Kennedy.

Sam Solarz
Sam Solarz

Oh and the Columbine shooters used semi auto rifles that were banned at that time. And they were high school kids.

Tim McNeally
Tim McNeally

I encourage Al or Amy to personally come take mine. Keith you are a retard. You don't want to protect your family thats fine thats your right i will protect mine with my rights. You can give me the line the police are there for protection false! It has been proven again and again in our court system they have no legal obligation to protect you tho most will. And national response time to a 911 call is 30minutes and in those 30 minutes guess what you are on your own for protection

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

Are you serious? You are trying to equate NEEDING something that KILLS, to having extra bathrooms or having cell phones?

Sam Solarz
Sam Solarz

Why do people NEED a house with 7 baths or why do we need cell phones? Give me a good reason for those?

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

This WILL NOT save lives, but thanks for trying to take away my Second Amendment Rights jackasses!

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

And NO ONE has ever shown me a good reason that they NEED a semi-automatic assault rifle... or why they need a 100 round magazine...

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

James Eagan Holmes had no criminal record before Aurora, he easily bought his semi-automatic rifles at a Gun Show, with no background check and ammo through the internet, again, without a background check. He bought his weapons through LEGAL means. Adam Lanza, used the semi-automatic weapons that his mother LEGALLY bought. These two mass murderers had no criminal backgrounds, until they actually committed those mass murders with semi-automatic weapons obtained LEGALLY, they were NOT criminals. Would they have been able to get a hold of those semi-automatic weapons if they were banned. I really doubt it. They did not have the criminal means and contacts to be able to obtain weapons like that. But lo and behold, because we have the Gun Show loophole, and we make semi-automatic weapons legal, they were able to get them...

Sam Solarz
Sam Solarz

If the military used semi auto rifles we would be screwed. Show me one criminal who obeys the law.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

"... in 2011 -- the last year for which numbers are available -- only three Minnesotans were murdered with a rifle of any type. By comparison, four died in fist fights. Twelve were killed by knives and 51 by handguns."

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

It's not taking ALL guns away. Just high powered, semi-automatic Assault Rifles, meant for military use. Banning ONE type of rifle is NOT BANNING ALL GUNS!

Brad Bergerson
Brad Bergerson

Criminals will always have guns. This only takes guns away from law abiding citizens.

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