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Luetkemeyer opposes resurrection of assault-weapons ban

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 26, 2009 - U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, says he's opposed to this week's comments by new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, indicating that the Obama administration plans to ask Congress to restore the assault-weapons ban that died in 2004, when Republicans controlling Congress opted not to renew it.

Said Luetkemeyer in a statement: “I am extremely disappointed by Attorney General Holder’s comments in support of renewing the Assault Weapons Ban. Restricting the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding citizens is not the way to make our country safer. In Congress, I will always vote to protect the rights of my constituents, including the right to keep and bear arms.”

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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