Argument: A ban on assault weapons is not a slippery slope to an all gun ban

“There is no hidden agenda behind saving the Federal Assault Weapons Act. As explained above, assault weapons are a well-defined set of firearms designed for military combat, not civilian use. Moreover, the original Act specifically exempted 661 rifles and shotguns from its reach.39 Renewal of the assault weapons law is needed to protect our communities and prevent a return to the mass shootings and increasing gun crime in the period before the federal ban was passed.”