Obama Administration Mentions Reinstating ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

By Susan Jones | February 26, 2009 | 9:05 AM EST

(Update: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked on Thursday if she had talked with Obama administration officials about reinstating the so-called “assault weapons” ban, said “No.” She said a “good place to start would be to enforce the laws that are on the books right now.”)

(CNSNews.com) - “As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at the Justice Department Wednesday.
He made the comments at a press conference called to announce the results of an anti-drug investigation known as “Operation Xcellerator.”
Holder said a ban on sales of semi-automatic weapons will stem the flow of weapons to Mexican cartels.
"International drug trafficking organizations pose a sustained, serious threat to the safety and security of our communities," Holder said. "As the world grows smaller and international criminals step up their efforts to operate inside our borders, the Department of Justice will confront them head on to keep our communities safe."
He did not say when the Obama administration will move to reinstate the semi-auto weapons ban, which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton and allowed to expire in 2004 under President Bush.
Semi-automatics weapons, which fire once for each trigger pull, account for about 15 percent of the 250 million privately owned firearms in the U.S., according to the National Rifle Association.

The group notes that gun control groups invented the term “assault weapon”  to describe certain semi-automatic firearms which, although designed for civilian use, have certain cosmetic features that make them look like fully automatic assault rifles used by the military.

See earlier stories:
Democrats ‘Still Don’t Get It’ on Guns, Group Says (Aug. 13, 2008)
Hillary Clinton, Baracl Obama Play Both Sides of Gun Issue (April 17, 2008)