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Williams pledges to defend Second Amendment

by Tammye Nash, Cleburne Times Review  |  published on January 29, 2013

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams, R-Austin, elected last November to represent the newly redrawn Congressional District 25, on Friday used Burleson’s Off Duty Armory as the backdrop for a press conference declaring his opposition to President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders and proposed legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines.

State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, state Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, and Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford joined Williams for the press conference, which came one day after U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California, announced in a press conference on Capitol Hill that Senate Democrats were introducing legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines.

Criticizing the president for “unecessary executive orders on gun ownership,” Williams said Obama’s gun control plans are unconstitutional and offer only “slogans, not solutions.” Williams also said the proposed ban “didn’t work before,” and that even the report cited by Democrats to support the ban “clearly states that the ban didn’t work.”

The congressman said that weapons that would be banned under the Democrats’ proposed legislation are “semi-automatic weapons that use the same ammunition as hunting rifles.

“They are not military weapons, they are just hunting rifles that have been made to look like military weapons. This legislation would be banning these rifles for purely cosmetic reasons,” Williams said.

He also said that banning high-capacity ammo magazines wouldn’t stop criminals from using such magazines and could endanger citizens who are trying to protect their property and their families.

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