From the piece:
It’s “false logic” that a ban on assault weapons would strip Americans of their Second Amendment right to bear arms, said Edward Flynn, chief of the Milwaukee police department. “These weapons are designed for combat” and “to cause lethal wounds to human beings,” not for sporting or self-defense, he said.
“A lot of people make a lot of money selling firearms and ammunition,” Flynn said. “It’s time for Congress to pick a side. This time I hope it’s law enforcement.”
Some Republicans said an assault-weapon ban would be ineffective and would infringe on gun owners’ rights. Senator Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, emphasized his opposition to new limits, including an assault-weapon ban.