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East Texans express concern about potential assault weapon ban

The proposed ban targeting assault weapons has some concerned that the government is entering dangerous territory. So what classifies something as an assault weapon? The term 'assault weapon' can encompass a wide variety of weapons.

The President is asking Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. To the irritation of gun owners.

"What I find is humorous is that true military long guns pre-Korea are not banned and these were used in wars," says gun owner and collector Amos Snow.

The definition of an assault weapon: any of various automatic or semi-automatic firearms; especially assault rifles. Definition of assault rifle: any of various automatic or semi-automatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use.

However the ban could cover a variety of guns from pistols to shotguns.

"I have a Remmington 870 12-gauge wooded stock and wooden grips that won't be banned. I have the same Remmington 870 12-gauge with sight system and pistol grip which would be banned," Snow says.

"They get after military rounds and that type thing and that covers a broad spectrum. Whether its a 10 round magazine or 30 round magazine, its my right to buy it," says gun owner Ron Frey.

So why would anyone need that type of weapon?

"We need them because we are guaranteed by the second amendment to possess these weapons for our own defense," Frey says.

Some bolt action rifles and shotguns would be on the list. Pistols from 50-caliber, 45-caliber to 9mm are on the list.

"We are passing legislation based on emotion, instead of common sense. The president can not rule by edict," says Snow.

In the end, many see this as a constitutional fight.

"The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," Snow says.

Gun rights supporters say a ban of this type still doesn't address the problem of keeping guns out of the hand of criminals.

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