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Hoyer: Not enough votes for assault weapons ban

Hoyer: Not enough votes for assault weapons ban

In spite of calls from gun control advocates after the shootings last week in Aurora, Colo., Congress is unlikely to revisit the assault weapons ban, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Wednesday. The Clinton-era ban on the manufacture of assault weapons expired in 2004. Hoyer, who voted for the ban, said neither the Republican-led House nor the Democratic-led Senate have the votes to reinstate it. Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said he remains supportive of a ban, but voters need to come to some sort of agreement on the issue. “Assault weapons have one purpose, and one purpose only: To kill a lot of people quickly. No other purpose,” the Southern...