Local Gun Shop Owner Opposes Ban

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The Republican-controlled Congress is expected to let the ban die, even though President Bush has expressed an interest in renewing it.

The National Rifle Association says the ban isn't effective. A local member and gun shop owner agrees.

He says it does no good because legal loopholes still allow some guns to have accessories, like bayonets and extended magazines.

Jon Ritenour, Owner of the Homestead Gun Shop, says, "In all reality, the way the legislation was written you could have 3 of the 5 items on there and still be considered a sporting gun."

The ban was passed in 1994 to cut down on gang-related crimes. But Ritenour says the measure only made assault weapons like AK-47s more popular.