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Clinton, Trump Square Off On Assault Rifles

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Opinions about what to do about gun laws differed greatly from both leading presidential candidates after the  massacre in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton urged lawmakers to implement a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 used by Omar Mateen in the June 12 shooting.

"We can't fall into the trap that is set up by the gun lobby that says if you can't stop every shooting in every incident you should not try to stop any,” Clinton told CNN. “We did have an assault weapons ban for 10  years. I think it should be reinstated.”

Clinton also called out Florida's lax gun laws for making it easy to buy heavy-duty weapons.

“First of all, Florida doesn't regulate assault weapons or .50 caliber rifles or large-capacity ammunition magazines,” Clinton said. “It doesn't require a permit to purchase a gun. It doesn't require any registration, whatsoever. It doesn't require gun owners to be licensed. And it doesn't require a permit to carry a shotgun or a rifle. It doesn't even require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between, you know, non-federally licensed parties. Now, you know, that's a lot of nots. And you know, I believe strongly that common sense gun safety reform across our country would make a difference."

Trump, on the other hand, argued against an assault weapons ban and said they are needed to fight back against mass shooters.

"If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn't have had the tragedy that you had. If people in that room had guns with the bullets flying in the opposite direction right at him right at his head, you wouldn't have had the same tragedy that you ended up having," Trump told CNN. "Even if you had a number of people having them strapped to their ankle or strapped to their waist, where bullets could have flown in the other direction right at him, you wouldn't have had the same kind of a tragedy.” 

Sources: CNN, USA Today / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Wikipedia

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