Steven Lee, professor of philosophy, was quoted in the Sept. 16 Finger Lakes Times article “Local reaction mixed to end of assault weapons ban”. According to the article, a 10-year federal ban on assault weapons expired Sept. 13, although a similar state law will prevent much from changing for New Yorkers. The federal ban, signed in 1994 by President Clinton, prohibited the manufacture and sale of 19 specific military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Lee is concerned about the ban's expiration regardless of the laws on the books in New York state. “There are no border checks coming into the state or anything,” he said. “I just think that there's no legitimate reason for people to have those kinds of weapons, and they can make it easier to cause mayhem and violence.”