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UW Researcher: Proposed Ban On Assault-Style Weapons 'Makes Sense'

Sue Ogrocki
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to ban assault-style weapons like this AR-15 rifle, displayed here by Miles Hall, founder of H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week said he wants to ban assault-style weapons in Washington state. His announcement came after a shooting this summer at a Mukilteo house party. Three people died and a fourth was seriously injured.

Supporters of Ferguson’s proposal say they hope it will make the state safer. Dr. Fred Rivara is vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital, and he’s done extensive research on gun violence and human health. He spoke with 88.5's Ed Ronco.

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.
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