WALL TOWNSHIP — More than 30 mothers, children and community members gathered at the Manasquan Friends Meetinghouse on Saturday, calling for Congress to reinstate the nationwide assault weapons ban. The rally was organized by a local Moms Demand Action chapter, a national grassroots organization fighting for safer gun laws.
In 1994, Congress passed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act — commonly referred to as the assault weapons ban. This federal law prohibited the manufacture or sale for civilian use of certain semi-automatic weapons in addition to banning magazines capable of accommodating 10 rounds or more. The federal assault weapons ban, however, expired in 2004. Attempts to renew this ban have failed, as have attempts to pass a new ban, such as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.
Members of Moms Demand Action, including teachers and gun violence survivors, held signs stating, “Protect Kids Not Guns” and “Enough is Enough,” emphasizing the call for a renewal of the assault weapons ban to prevent gun violence.
The rally, held the day before Mother’s Day, was one of many #FedUp rallies organized by Moms Demand Action chapters across the country.
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