June 15, 2016—Professor Adam Winkler was cited by the Christian Science Monitor on what re-introducing an assault weapons ban might mean for the future of gun violence in America. The public’s push for gun control legislative action after the Orlando shooting calls into question the efficacy of previous gun control legislation, including the Assault-Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004.
As noted in the Monitor:
Professor Winkler said the ban was easy to get around by slightly altering the existing rifles. Data showed a drop in the number of assault weapons found at crime scenes, but there was no reduction in gun violence or fatalities overall. Assault weapons were used only in a small minority of gun crimes, said Professor Winkler.