Rep. Johnson: Since Assault Weapons Ban Expired ‘It’s Been Open Season’

By Eric Scheiner | July 24, 2012 | 1:45 PM EDT

( - On the House Floor Tuesday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said “It’s been open season” since the expiration of The Assault Weapons Ban in 2004.

“We have work to do in this congress. You see, the assault weapons ban in place for a number of years, of ten years actually, expired in 2004 and after the expiration of the assault weapons ban it’s been open season,” Johnson said after reflecting on last week’s shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

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“Now I know that there are people who hold the Second Amendment dear and it is established clearly in law that citizens have a right to bear arms, beyond that the Constitution is silent,” Johnson continued. “So, it leaves it up to us to address issues concerning the reasonable regulation of that right. Should we not have any regulations or should we have regulations that are reasonable?”

Johnson did not go into detail on any specific gun laws but highlighted his desire for new regulations.

“There are some regulations governing the affairs of people that are reasonable and that includes restrictions on who can bear arms and what kind of arms they can bear. To say that we should have no regulations on weapons, particularly weapons of mass destruction, to me is unwise,” Johnson said.

The Assault Weapons Ban was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and banned 19 types of semi-automatic guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds. The law expired in 2004.

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