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Businesses Weigh in on Assault Weapons Ban

Kandiss Crone

Businesses Weigh in on Assault Weapons Ban

CREATED Jan. 16, 2013

Omaha, NE - Brazen robbers caught red-handed. Surveillance video from several convenience stores shows a recent crime trend that's gotten out of hand.

"They had pulled out a gun and they put it in my face and told me to give them all the money in the register," Gloria Malone said.
Store clerk Gloria Malone has been robbed twice in the last few months. She listened closely today as President Obama outlined stricter gun laws - hoping his proposals would help keep her and other convenience store clerks safe. "It's not really gonna change anything. They can still get a bb gun and spray paint it black and rob any convenience store," Malone said.
Malone believes the President's ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, which was used in the Colorado movie theater shooting, won't have an impact on her safety.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office admits most store robberies involve a handgun. So the new ban on military-style assault weapons will likely have little impact when it comes to the safety of local businesses.
"I'm afraid that's gonna make very little difference, the reason I say that it's been in place for ten years, and then it was lifted back in 2004," Chief Deputy Marty Bilek said.
Studies show the assault weapons ban from 1994 had little impact on reducing gun crimes. Bilek believes the ban is a knee-jerk reaction to the Colorado theater shooting and Newtown, Connecticut school massacre. "You might want to call it a nice first step but I think more is gonna need to be done before we see a drop in violence."
Douglas County Chief Deputy Marty Bilek says an emphasis on responsible gun ownership and mental health issues should also be addressed when it comes to curbing gun violence.