Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey: ‘Banning assault weapons, by itself, will not solve the problem’

Last week, PBS airedAfter Newtown: Guns in America,” including this interview with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

Ramsey said that “Most of the guns that are used to commit crimes on the streets of our city, here, as well as cities across the country, are really your semi-automatic handguns,” and that “banning assault weapons, by itself, will not solve the problem.”

At the same time, Ramsey said that assault weapons “serve no civilian purspose” and called the ban a “solid step.”

As the program visited recruits who were training for “unexpected close combat situations” at the Philadelphia Police Academy, Ramsey added that he is “very concerned” that assault weapons put police officers at a disadvantage.

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