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Say What? Minnesota Considers Retroactive Assault Gun Ban
The idea of banning assault weapons is a hot topic everywhere. And in Minnesota their Democratic-controlled legislature is considering taking it a step further by requiring gun owners to turn in any banned weapons that they already may have legally acquired.
Here's a sampling of local reaction to the proposal:
Will Ellis: "Doesn't seem fair to me if you already bought it. It sounds like it could be a slippery slope. It could start there and they could start taking other stuff. It seems if you already bought it and it was legal at the time, doesn't seem fair to take it away retroactively."
John Tamel: "Well, I think there's going to be various organizations that are going to challenge that. And it's also going to present constitutional challenges to the second amendment."
Aurora Cisneros: "I think it would be good because they fall into the wrong hands of people that shouldn't have them."
Esteban Cisneros: "I don't think that's fair because it was purchased at a time when it was legal."
Breon Carter: "I feel they should boycott that (law) because if you already purchased the gun you should be able to keep it as long as you don't use it improperly or something like that."
A similar retroactive gun ban is being proposed in Missouri. But since the Republicans hold super majorities in both their state house and state senate, that proposal is not expected to get very far.
By Fred Cantu