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Sen. Brown among supporters for federal ban on assault weapons

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During his bid for reelection this past year Sen. Scott Brown ran on the platform that each state should decide whether to ban assault weapons.

He is now changing course, exclusively telling a reporter for Masslive and The Springfield Republican, Rob Rizzuto, that there are 26 reasons that changed his mind.

"He said that in reflection of the tragedy in Newtown, he feels that now it's an issue that should be taken up by Congress," Rizzuto said.

In a portion of the interview Brown said:

"As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed."

And according to Rizzuto, Brown's recent reversal is part of a growing trend on Capitol Hill.

"The folks I spoke with in Washington from our delegation are hopeful that they will make some progress on this issue in one way or another because it seems to have captured the attention of everyone right now because of the tragedy," Rizzuto said.

Senator elect Elizabeth Warren, who till take office in January, reaffirmed her anti-assault weapon stance Wednesday, backing any bill that would ban the guns.

But each time a mass shooting takes innocent lives, the issue gets brought to the forefront.

Lawmakers in support of a federal ban are hoping after the tragedy in Newtown, they will be able to hold on to momentum.

"They're hopeful that this is going to be different than past ones but only time will tell," Rizzuto said.

A 1994 law banned the weapons for 10 years, barring people from purchasing 18 specific guns, some that included military-style traits.

Some lawmakers say they would like to see a similar bill enacted on a federal level.

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