Debate Over Proposed Assault Weapons Ban

Jeff Dillard of National Armory calls a ban on assault rifles "a waste of time"

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    National Armory owner Jeff Dillard agrees with some parts of the president's plan to limit gun violence. But he doesn't think a ban on assault rifles is a good idea.

    The latest and most controversial issue regarding gun control is taking center stage.

    Some call it the "assault weapons ban of 2013." It's just one part of a proposal unveiled by President Barack Obama to limit gun violence.

    Jeff Dillard, who owns National Armory in Pompano Beach, agrees with some parts of the plan, like universal background checks and better access to having access mental health records. But he doesn't support the bill that was just reintroduced – a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

    "In the last two weeks, we've sold 400 AR-15's,” Dillard said. “To want to do a ban on assault rifles – it's a waste of time."

    Mixed Response to President Obama's Gun Proposals at Pompano Beach's National Armory

    [MI] Mixed Response to President Obama's Gun Proposals at Pompano Beach's National Armory
    Gun sales were at a fever pitch at National Armory as the president made his new proposals. Judy Dick, Jim Woods, Theresa De Lorenzo, Alexandria Green, Fernando Palacio and store owner Jeff Dillard gave their opinions on the issues.

    But not everyone is against the ban. Some people hope it becomes law – calling it “sensible.”

    "We don't need people to have assault weapons,” said one woman who did not give her name. “We need common sense gun laws."

    The Miami City Commission unanimously passed a resolution Thursday calling for the approval of legislation that would eliminate military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

    Mayor Tomas Regalado, who is part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, requested the resolution, the commission said in a statement.

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    Carol Gardner, whose son was shot and killed by an AK-47, stood with Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and community leaders to help put an end to gun violence. The Rev. Jerome Starling also spoke about the issue.

    The wave of gun control talk comes after the December mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in which 20 first graders and six educators were shot and killed.

    Speculation about new laws in the weeks since has also brought a rush of business and sales at gun stores and record turnouts at gun shows.

    "You just can't get 400 million rifles or weapons off the market,” Dillard said. “It's not going to happen. The barn doors are open and the cows are gone, and there's a lot of cows."

    A previous ban on assault weapons expired in 2004. If the latest bill passes, it would be permanent.