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Weapons Control

November 01, 1998

Using the North Hollywood bank robbery shootout as a backdrop for Mayor Richard Riordan's endorsement of Bill Lockyer for attorney general (Oct. 21) typifies the thinking of those who call for a ban on "assault weapons." The robbers in that situation used fully automatic rifles, ignoring the California law that has for decades made possession of such weapons a felony. However, gun control advocates, in their characteristically illogical manner, cite the very incident that most graphically illustrates the failure of such laws to urge the passage of others.

RICHARD DE LA SOTA, Redondo Beach

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