The government is considering reinstating the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004.
Sgt. Ed Mullins is the director of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a collective bargaining unit for New York Police Department sergeants during contract negotiations. (Source: Sergeants Benevolent Association)
Selling Bushmaster AR-15 rifles was previously outlawed under the Assault Weapons Ban. Production of the gun resumed after the ban expired. (Source: C. Hunter/Outdoors Trader)
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:15:38 GMT
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experienceFull Story >
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.Full Story >
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The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Full Story >
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.Full Story >
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
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A 60-year-old man is recovering from a stabbing in Dillonvale. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department says the victim was an employee of the Apple Tree Cafe. Investigators believe that someone followedFull Story >
A 60-year-old man is recovering from a stabbing in Dillonvale. The man's injuries are not considered life-threatening.
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UC Health Women's Center in West Chester celebrated its grand opening on Saturday by inviting the community to tour its new facility The new building is located at 7675 Wellness Way, 4th floor suite 4000,Full Story >
UC Health Women's Center in West Chester celebrated its grand opening on Saturday by inviting the community to tour its new facility
A recent Pew Research Center poll shows that 55 percent of Americans think similarly to Obama and support a ban on assault weapons.
"Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned," Obama said.
Sgt. Ed Mullins of the New York Police Department is a 30-year veteran of the force and the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. He said the assault weapons ban didn't make a significant dent in crime on the nation's busiest streets.
"I didn't see a difference at all. I didn't see fewer guns on the street and I didn't see more types of assault weapons on the street after the ban was lifted," Mullins said. "There's really no way of telling [if it made a difference] because the criminal activity just hasn't changed."
The ban was originally spearheaded by Democrats in an effort to create a 10-year prohibition of certain semi-automatic weapons from 1994 to 2004. Lawmakers hoped it would reduce crime on the street.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that left 20 children and seven adults dead, much of the assault weapons ban debate has focused on semi-automatic rifles.
The ban previously put restrictions semi-automatic rifles that used detachable magazine and had folding stocks, bayonet mounts, flash guards, pistol grips and rifle grenades.
Despite Obama's call to restore the assault weapons ban, his critics remain skeptical that it will make an impact on crime statistics.
Mullins believes one reason the ban didn't deter crime is because the guns included in the ban are typically in the hands of "law abiding people."
"[Assault weapons owners] are not the ones committing the crimes. We don't see the everyday hardworking person being the one who just went out and shot up a school or shot up a bank," he said.
The types of firearms used by most criminals are handguns that wouldn't necessarily be outlawed by reinstating the assault weapons ban.
The ban restricted semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines that also have a second pistol grip, a threaded barrel, a barrel shroud and a detachable magazine that extends outside of the pistol grip.
Today, gun laws in many states allow individuals to purchase a handgun in less than an hour, making it easier to get firearms than a driver's license.
"To get a driver's license, you've got to take a class, you've got to take a road test and there's all types of documentation that needs to be put into place," Mullins argued. "The real issue comes at a federal level as far as mandating gun dealers to have background checks and require detailed paperwork."
Despite Obama's claim that officers are up against more powerful firearms, Mullins said a better way to protect officers is to provide them an extra weapon.
"I just feel that every patrol car should have some kind of a rifle or shotgun available, only for the potential that things happen. Should there be a rare occasion you need it, it's there," Mullins added.
Most major police unions have not taken a strong legislative stance on the assault weapons ban.
The largest national police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, has not supported congressional action concerning the ban, but rather focused their legislative goals elsewhere.
Aside from urging lawmakers to make it easier for off-duty and retired police officers to carry weapons without permits, former FOP legislative support included a bill called the "Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011" that would have allowed "individuals, veterans, law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies to register firearms they possess which were prohibited by the enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968."
Previous FOP-supported legislation also included a 2001 bill aimed at allowing people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to own a firearm if the conviction occurred before the law prohibiting them to own guns went into effect.
Both bills died in committee, meaning congressmen decided not to discuss them.
Although Mullins personally doesn't see a need for assault weapons like AK-47s, he noted that he could understand how people may use them in shooting competitions. However, he said owners should be held to strict storage guidelines to prevent cases like the Newtown tragedy.
"[A gun owner] may have a person in their house that might not be mentally stable, but it might make sense for you to have a gun," Mullins said. "But the penalty for not securing that weapon should be extreme, knowing that I'm jeopardizing other people's lives."
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Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >