Sgt. Ed Mullins of the New York Police Department is a 30-year veteran of the force and the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. He said the assault weapons ban didn’t make a significant dent in crime on the nation’s busiest streets.
“I didn’t see a difference at all. I didn’t see fewer guns on the street and I didn’t see more types of assault weapons on the street after the ban was lifted,” Mullins said. “There’s really no way of telling [if it made a difference] because the criminal activity just hasn’t changed.”
Mullins believes one reason the ban didn’t deter crime is because the guns included in the ban are typically in the hands of “law abiding people.”
“[Assault weapons owners] are not the ones committing the crimes. We don’t see the everyday hardworking person being the one who just went out and shot up a school or shot up a bank,” he said.
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