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Video: Republican Rep. Peter King Supports Ban on Assault Weapons

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Republican congressman Peter King (R-NY) appeared on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' today where he said that assault weapons should be banned (video below), reports ThinkProgress.org.

Rep. King said:  “I voted for the assault weapons ban back in 1994. My father was a police officer. I really don’t know why people need assault weapons. I’m not a hunter but I understand people who want to hunt. I understand people who live in rough neighborhoods or have a small business and want to maintain a pistol to protect themselves as long as they’re properly vetted and licensed. But an assault weapon?”

“Listen, I’m sure 99 percent of people with assault weapons are good Americans. But to give that potential to a mass murderer who would be able to out-arm the police who as we saw could carry out the worst devastation?”

“Why the issue of an assault weapon should even be on the table, why we want to identify with that when it’s a vocal minority, but it is a minority who support these weapons.”

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