It came as no surprise to gun owners when a key official in the Obama Administration admitted that gun control was on the new president’s radar.
During a February 25 press conference, ABC News reported, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons.”
Holder did not offer a time frame for actual legislation. Of note, during his Senate confirmation hearing, Holder said, “I think closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent, would be something that would be permitted under Heller.”
Heller, of course, referred to last year’s Supreme Court ruling which confirmed that the Second Amendment was an individual right.
Wayne LaPierre, vice president of the National Rifle Association, told ABC News, “A semi-automatic is a quintessential self-defense firearm owned by American citizens in this country. I think it is clearly covered under Heller and it's clearly, I think, protected by the Constitution.”