- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island congressman is proposing reviving the nation’s ban on assault weapons.

Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline made the announcement on the House floor Wednesday, just hours before gunmen opened fire at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California, killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens more.

In his speech, Cicilline focused on Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado that killed three people. Robert Dear, the shooter in that attack, allegedly used an AK-47 style firearm.

Cicilline says in the coming days he’ll introduce legislation on behalf of House Democrats reauthorizing the 1994 assault weapons ban. That law prohibited the manufacture, sale and possession of semi-automatic assault weapons and ammunition devices firing 10 or more rounds.

Congress let it expire in 2004.



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