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Colorado shootings: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks military weapons ban after violence
In the wake the Colorado theater massacre, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) suggested Monday that Congress might consider banning assault weapons and military-style ammunition, while cracking down on online ammunition sales.
The New York senator, who is running for her first full six-year term, said she believes Congress needs to do something to keep military-style weaponry off the market, citing gunman James Holmes's 100-round rifle magazine used in last week's attack that killed 12 and wounded 58 moviegoers at the premiere of the new "Dark Knight" film in Aurora, Colo.
"Those are two things we could look at -- banning assault rifles and military-style ammunition," Gillibrand told reporters following a meeting of business leaders in Westchester County. "They are designed to kill a lot of people quickly. There is no argument for hunting or even sports enthusiasts to have that kind of ammunition."
Still, Gillibrand admits, such legislation is unlikely to be taken up until after the Nov. 6 election. She said the move would likely be opposed by Republican lawmakers.
"But this is something we should all care about," she said. "It's a senseless crime and these are senseless deaths and we should try to do something."
The assault weapons ban expired in 2004.