Gohmert Weighs In On Lapse Of Assault Weapon Ban

It was born out of the carnage of three mass shootings in California.  The 10 year old federal ban on assault weapons is set to expire Monday.

The issue is a hot one with both Republicans and Democrats taking sides, and not necessarily along party lines.  Former District Judge Louie Gohmert said the issue is simple.

"This needs to go away," said Gohmert.  "The 2nd Amendment means what it says 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms should not be infringed'"

As a three term district judge, voters shouldn't expect anything less than a strict interpretation of the Constitution from Gohmer.

He believes the majority of East Texans won't mind the ban lapsing either.

"The Constitution doesn't say if it's for hunting it's o.k. if it's not...  It's says the right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed... if you've got these weapons in your home it's going to discourage people from breaking in."

Gohmert goes beyond his support of the Constitution.  He said a quick check of the facts proves more guns does not equal more crime.

"The fact is that 5 million more guns are owned each year in (the U.S.) in the last 12 years and the violent crime rate has gone down."

But those who support the ban, point to specific incidents where criminals were able to outgun police.  In response to that, Gohmert said if elected, he'll do all he can to make sure that doesn't happen.

"I do think criminals should not be possessing weapons and we ought to take reasonable steps to make sure felons, people that are violent and don't play by the rules, that they don't get these weapons."

Gohmert said his support of the 2nd Amendment is what will ultimately keep you safe.

"Parents can feel safer knowing that there are law abiding citizens that have weapons that will use them in defense of themselves and for third parties under the law because they are law abiding and they want to see our society protected."

Both President Bush and Senator John Kerry say they support the ban on assault weapons.  Despite the federal ban lapsing, many states will continue to uphold their bans on these types of weapons.

Chris Gibson, reporting