FLORIDIANS SUPPORT ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, BUT WILL IT EXPIRE???-Andrew Stelzer

07/14/04

A survey of 800 Florida state residents finds that 81 percent of likely voters are in favor of renewing the national assault weapons ban, and 80 percent of Florida’s likely voters favor strengthening the ban to include new assault weapons that have been created since the ban was instituted in 1994. Among the respondents, 64 percent of gun owners favor keeping the ban, 62 percent of NRA supporters want to keep the ban, as well as 85 percent of women, and 74 percent of NASCAR fans. The ban expires on September 13th, and despite statements in 2000, by president Bush that he supports it, Bush earlier this year issued a statement of administration policy statement that called a move to renew the ban unacceptable. The survey was conducted by the consumer federation of America, and the coalition to stop gun violence. WMNF spoke with Sue Peschin, the Firearms Project Director at the Consumer Federation of America. We began by asking her what the chances are of the assault weapons ban not being renewed before it expires in two months.

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That was Sue Peschin, with the Consumer Federation of America. To view the survey of Florida’s voters, www.consumerfed.org, or www.csgv.org

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