16 Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol'y 199 (1994-1995)
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994: The Semi-automatic Assault Weapon - The Latest Victim in This Country's War against Crime

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CURRENT PUBLIC LAW AND POLICY ISSUES
VIOLENT CRIME CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT OF
1994:THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPON-THE
LATEST VICTIM IN THIS COUNTRY'S WAR AGAINST CRIME
To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to
enslave them.'
I. INTRODUCTION
We are presently living in a culture of violence. The crime rate in
this country is reaching unprecedented levels. As reports of brutal mur-
ders, robberies and other violent crimes flood the headlines, politicians
are reacting to public pleas for more effective crime control measures.2
One crime control measure currently in debate is gun control. As a
result of this lengthy, controversial and emotional argument, the battle
over gun control has once again landed in the political crossfire. The
latest casualty in this country's war against crime is the semiautomatic
weapon, more commonly labeled assault weapon.
Public sentiment on gun control is sorted at best Opponents of
gun control are adamant that every individual has a constitutionally
protected right to bear arms, which includes semiautomatic weapons.3
Proponents of gun control completely disagree and argue the Second
Amendment does not afford such a liberal right4 Proponents of stricter
gun laws also argue that semiautomatic guns are the cause of repeated
1.  George Mason, 3 Elliot Debates at 380.
2.  140 CONG. REc. H3063-05, H3064 (daily ed. May 5, 1994) (statement of Rep. Derrick).
3.  140 CONG. REc. S12557-01 (daily ed. Aug. 25, 1994) (statement of Sen. Hatch); 140 Cong. Rec.
H3063-05, H3067 (daily ed. May 5, 1994) (statement of Rep. Quillen); KEITH BEA, CONGRESSIONAL
RESEARCH SERVICE, GUN CONTROL, (July 28, 1994).
4.  140 CONG. REC. H3063-05, H3100 (daily ed. May 5, 1994) (statement of Rep. Lloyd), H3089
(statement of Rep. Yates).

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