Congress urged to renew assault-gun ban

April 16, 2009 at 2:42 PM
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HARRISBURGH, Pa., April 16 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell has urged Congress to reinstate a federal ban on assault rifles.

The governor's move came 11 days after three Pittsburgh police officers were killed by a man with an AK-47.

"Time and time again, our police are finding themselves outgunned," he said at a news conference Wednesday. "They are finding themselves with less firepower than the criminals they are trying to bring to justice."

Rendell also called on state lawmakers to pass "simple" gun-control measures, The Philadelphia Inquirer said.

Congress approved a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons but it expired in September 2004. Last month, 65 House Democrats announced that they would oppose reinstating the ban.

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