Debate Over Proposed Assault Weapons Ban

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

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."

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.

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.

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