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Obama and Romney on Assault Weapons Ban

Nickie Phillips

Last night's Presidential town hall-style debate included a question on the ban of assault weapons.

QUESTION: President Obama, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, you stated you wanted to keep AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?

The responses from both candidates are presented in the above clip from the Washington Post.

For Paul Barrett's take on the exchange in Business Week, go here.

For fact checking, see CBS News here.

The Chicago Tribune reports on the exchange here. The article points out that President Obama,

"once an ardent proponent of the assault-weapons ban, has done little to push such a proposal forward during his time in the White House."

Romney's claim that fully automatic weapons are banned in the U.S. is false. The LA Times points out,

"Fully automatic weapons -- guns that fire continuously when the trigger is held down -- are legal to possess in the United States but are tightly regulated."

The debate transcript can be found here.

For more on gun control, check out our previous post on gun control and crime prevention here.

UPDATE: Be sure to check out Adam Winkler's insightful article "Obama and Romney Both Failed the Gun Control Question."