In just a few days the federal ban on some assault weapons is set to expire. Local law enforcement officers reacted to the pending change.
"Personally, I would like to see the ban extended," said Chief Benny Dubose of the Meridian Police Department. "There is no way to measure the ban."
"I don't think the expiration of that ban is going to be felt that much by the Lauderdale Sheriff's Department. You really have to get into the stipulations of the law," said Sgt. Frankie Springer, a Lauderdale County deputy.
Some argue that the ban is an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
"I feel like that law definitely infringed on the Second Amendment. It's all in how the person used the weapon. It depends on their intent," Springer said.
The ban, which was passed 10 years ago, prohibits 19 types of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. Chief Dubose says he would like to continue to see those off the streets.
"I have no problem with an individual’s right to bear arms. I know we have hunters, but you don't need an AK-47 to go hunting. We are looking at weapons specifically designed to kill. We are looking at getting those types of weapons off the streets," said Dubose.
In the hopes that the ban will expire on Monday at midnight, the Consumer Federation of America says gun manufacturers are already taking orders for semi-automatic rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines.
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