Ross: Ban high-capacity assault weapons

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) - Rep. Mike Ross, a leading gun rights advocate on Capitol Hill during 12 years in the U.S. House, threw his support Wednesday behind efforts to ban high-capacity assault weapons in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school massacre.

"This is not the same America that I grew up in, and I think it is time to address whether there really is a legitimate need for high-capacity weapons that can shoot, you know, a lot of rounds of ammunition," said Ross, co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

Ross, a Democrat, said during an interview that he has given a lot of thought to this change of heart.

"I think past notions that any change at all in gun laws is a foot in the door - I think it is time we get beyond that," he said. "America has changed. Unfortunately, it is a different place than when we were children. And, we need some commonsense reforms."

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