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John Egelhof of Bemidji tells a Minnesota House committee on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, that had a 2005 Red Lake school shooter had an assault rifle, the death toll could have been much higher. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Former FBI agent says assault rifles should be banned

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ST. PAUL -- So-called assault weapons are nothing more than fancy hunting rifles, gun supporters told a Minnesota House committee today.


A federal ban on the guns that expired in 2004 did not work, Chris Rager of the National Rifle Association told the House public safety committee. “This firearms ban, it’s a failed policy.”

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.