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Valley Congressmen undecided on assault weapons ban

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio - Neither of the Valley's Congressmen have taken a stance on a proposed bill that would ban assault weapons.

The bill was introduced yesterday. It would stop the sale of about 100 specifically-named assault weapons.

Republican Bill Johnson and Democrat Tim Ryan say they have yet to read the proposal, but are open to discussing the matter.

"I am a strong advocate of protecting the second amendment. I have no interest in going and getting anyone's guns, but I'm very interested in making sure the thing that happened up in Connecticut don't happen anymore," Ryan said.

Johnson said he wants to make sure law abiding citizens are protected under any new legislation.

"I stand firmly supportive of our second amendment rights. However, I don't want to see those that can use their first amendment rights attack those law abiding citizens for their second amendment rights," Johnson said.

Already existing gun owners and hunters would be protected under the bill, which would also outlaw high volume ammunition magazines.

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