President Clinton Reacts to McKinney Proposal
on Extension of Assault Weapons Ban
Friday, April 6, 1998
(Washington, D.C.) President Clinton responded
today to a letter initiated by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
announcing that the Department of the Treasury would make permanent
the temporary suspension of the importation of more than 50 no -recreational,
modified assault weapons. Flanked by Vice President Al Gore, Attorney
General Janet Reno, and Secretary Rubin, Clinton pledged to increase
the safety and security of America's families by reinforcing his
comprehensive anti-crime initiative.
In a letter to the President last year McKinney
called for the extension of ban on assault weapons to include models
based on the AK 47 assault rifle and varients of the Israeli Uzi.
Since the passage of the Brady Bill over 300,000 felons, fugitives,
and stalkers have been prevented from purchasing guns. This extension
of the weapons ban will work to reduce violent crime even more and
reduce the number of firearm related deaths.