CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Days after the nation’s latest mass shooting, this one in Colorado, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents Coral Springs, is supporting a ban on importing military-style assault weapons.

In a letter to President Joe Biden, the Boca Raton Democrat joined Boulder Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02) and more than 60 other legislators in pushing for an executive order banning the importation of assault weapons into the United States, including semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

In addition, the lawmakers renewed their previous call for the administration to appoint a gun violence prevention director. 

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The demand for a ban comes after Monday’s Boulder shooting at King Soopers, which left 10 people dead, and on the week of the third anniversary of March For Our Lives gun-control movement, which held rallies on March 24, 2018 across the world.

“Assault weapons are the weapon of choice in mass shootings because they maximize the number of people killed,” Deutch said in a news release. “It is outrageous that we allow this weapon of war in our neighborhoods. How many lives could be saved by taking these guns off our streets? We’ve waited too long. President Biden must act now to prevent the flow of weapons of war into our country.”

In addition to the import ban, Democrats have called for the expansion of gun background checks across the nation, and Biden has urged the Senate to pass a ban on assault weapons as well as close background check loopholes.

Republicans in Congress, though, remained unwavering from longstanding arguments that gun violence should be addressed through more policing and mental health treatment rather than limiting gun rights.

Also, this week, Deutch held a Zoom call with parents and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, legislative colleagues from Florida, Colorado and Georgia, and activists from the March For Our Lives organization.

They discussed policies to end the legislative stalemate in reducing gun violence.


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