Bay Area Moms Convene In Washington To Support Assault Weapons Ban

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— A Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote Thursday on the controversial assault weapons ban authored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Meanwhile, a group of Bay Area moms was in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning lobbying Congress in support of the ban.

San Jose Pediatrician Michelle Sandberg was parked in a van in front of the White House ready to go in and meet with staffers. She and 2,000 other California mothers are part of a national movement called One Million Moms.

“Our goal is really comprehensive gun-control legislation,” said Sandberg about the organization founded after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

“I think this legislation’s inevitable. I think the legislators need to realize there is public support,” she said.

East Bay gun-rights advocate and firearm policy researcher Guy Smith said studies conducted after the original assault-weapons ban went into effect after 1994 were telling.

“The results were that they could not tie the ban to any reduction in violent crime.”

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