NRA Spokesperson Says Kamala Harris Ought To “Learn Her History”

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( – The National Rifle Association (NRA) in a comment to Fox News responded to Vice President Kamala Harris’s latest tweet in which she expressed her support for banning assault weapons. In her tweet on August 22, she said that in the past, Biden had fought against the NRA and won and would do so again in order to get assault weapons banned.

However, Fox News reported that the NRA responded to these remarks by suggesting that Harris was in need of a history lesson on what Biden had done in the 1990s in order for “assault weapons” to be banned. Billy McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the organization, said that before Harris takes to social media, she should actually learn the history of what she is discussing. He said that Biden’s “so-called victory,” was simply voting for the 1994 ban, and added that AR-15 ownership had skyrocketed since the ban expired nearly 20 years ago. In addition, he noted that the Department of Justice admitted the ban was ineffective in the short-term and likely to have a negligible long-term impact on gun violence.

When the ban first passed, Biden was a Delaware Senator and had been one of the supporters of the 1994 major crime bill which included a ban on semi-automatic firearms. The bill was passed by the House as a standalone bill at the time. However, it was later added to an anti-crime package that included several exceptions, such as a sunset provision.

Congress passed the bill, which was signed in September of that year by former President Bill Clinton. For 10 years, the bill banned the manufacturing, possession and transferring of “semiautomatic assault weapons.”

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