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Biden Pledges to Renew Ban on Assault Weapons if Elected US President

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden cited in a statement past success in banning military-style assault weapons in the United States and pledged to ban the weapons once again.

"In 1994, Senator [Dianne] Feinstein and I led the fight to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," Biden said via Twitter on Wednesday. "We took on the NRA [National Rifle Association] and got it done."

A 1994 law imposed a ten-year ban on assault weapons manufactured after the measure was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The ban expired in 2014 and was not renewed.

In recent years, assault rifles have become the weapon of choice in a series of mass shootings, prompting a renewed push to renew the ban.

"As president, I’ll ban these weapons of war once again," Biden said. "We will get them off our streets."

The NRA, one of the most powerful US lobbying groups, opposes nearly all gun control proposals, fearing that they embolden a Democratic agenda to outlaw private ownership of all guns, despite a provision in the Constitution allowing individual firearm ownership.

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