Kerry blasts Bush for not insisting on extension of assault weapons ban

John Kerry charges President Bush is caving in to the National Rifle Association by not pushing for an extension of the ban on assault weapons. It expires Monday.

Appearing at a community center outside St. Louis, Kerry says the president is making things harder for police and easier for terrorists by not calling for an extension of the ban.

Kerry says the ban doesn't affect gun owners and other law-abiding citizens, saying there's not a gun owner in America who can say "they tried to take my guns away."

The president has said he would sign the extension if Congress sends him such a bill. Republican congressional leaders say it does nothing to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.

The ten-year ban outlaws 19 types of military-style assault weapons.

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