On the presidential campaign trail in Iowa and on the op-ed page of The New York Times , former Vice President Joe Biden has made the case for going back to a nationwide ban on assault weapons and making it "even stronger." Some have reacted with quizzical expressions: "Back?" "Stronger?" Yes. Twenty five years ago, when Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Congress passed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act — commonly called the assault weapons ban. It prohibited the manufacture or sale for civilian use of certain semi-automatic weapons that could be converted to fire automatically. The act also banned magazines that could accommodate 10 rounds or more. "Assault weapons — military-style firearms designed to...
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The U.S. Once Had A Ban On Assault Weapons — Why Did It Expire?