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Perlmutter signs on to assault weapons ban; Obama also on board

Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Rep. Ed Perlmutter

DENVER — Aurora Congressman Ed Perlmutter Tuesday announced that he will co-sponsor legislation to reinstate a ban on assault weapons that will be introduced in January.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, has said her office is already re-writing the ban that stood for a decade before expiring in 2004; and in the House, Perlmutter will join Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a staunch gun control advocate who lost her husband and son in a shooting on Long Island 19 years ago, as sponsors of the legislation.

Perlmutter, easily reelected to a fourth term in November, was outspoken about his support for renewing the ban back in August in the aftermath of the theater shooting in Aurora that left 12 people dead and another 58 injured.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that President Obama will support the legislation.

Here’s the statement Perlmutter posted Tuesday on his official Facebook page:

Following the tragic shootings at Columbine and the movie theater in Aurora, CO and most recently at the elementary school in Connecticut, I have been coordinating closely with members of the House and Sen. Dianne Feinstein to prepare a responsible bill to enact an assault weapons ban which will outlaw the future sale of assault weapons while respecting the 2nd Amendment rights of responsible gun owners by exempting many firearms used for sport, hunting and personal defense.
This bill will be the companion measure to the bill being introduced in the Senate by Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA).

It’s time to do more. It is Congress’ responsibility to lead, and it’s time for me to take action. This is about crime control and doing what we can to deter and prevent the kinds of tragedies we’ve experienced all too often in the last few years.

I’ve heard from so many law enforcement officers, people in my district and across Colorado and the country who want us to move forward in a responsible way limiting access to weapons that belong on battlefields. Our plan to renew the assault weapons ban takes these dangerous ‘weapons of war’ off the streets while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners and keeping our citizens safe.