Biden: Assault Weapons Ban And Limiting Gun Capacity 'Just the Beginning'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | March 29, 2013 | 1:10 PM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden said on a conference call with "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" that a push for an Assault Weapons Ban is "Just the beginning."

Biden told the conference call that he wanted to be perfectly clear that the administration had only begun to fight gun rights:

"And lastly, but not least, the Assault Weapons Ban and the limitation on the size of magazines, let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the beginning.

"We believe that weapons of war have no place on our streets. That's the message that the retired admirals and generals have spoken to us about. The comment one of them used was: if you want to learn how to use a semi-automatic weapon, join the United States military, but these are weapons of war, and we believe there's no rational reason why someone would need a clip that can hold fifteen, twenty, thirty, one-hundred bullets, one-hundred rounds. We have to do more and we will do more."

And, it's not just Biden. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) told Jason Mattera, in similar fashion to Vice President Joe Biden, that an Assault Weapons Ban is "just the beginning."

On March 11, I asked Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.): "If you were to, say the '94 Assault Weapons Ban, if you were to implement another Assault Weapons Ban and crime stats didn't go down and you even put a limit to how many bullets can be in a gun, would this eventually lead to a point you go after handguns?"

Moran responded by saying that only "paranoid" people are worried about the government eventually going after handguns.

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