Argument: Police support a ban on assault weapons

Issue Report: Assault weapons ban in the United States


“The International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a report Wednesday calling for a ban on assault weapons, arguing it will make officers safer by reducing the “firepower available to criminals.
The report hits home this week in South Florida, where law enforcement officials are still reeling from the murder of one of their own. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, a former police officer and police director, gets angry when he talks about the fact that the gun used to kill Officer Jose Somohano was legal.”
His voice rising, he brings up Shawn LaBeet, the man who killed Somohano and shot three other officers: ‘This guy just went to a gun store with a fake ID and bought one.'”