Rep. Kathy Castor renews call to ban assault weapons

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Tampa, FL - U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is renewing a push to ban assault weapons and large capacity ammunition clips following Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"There's no reason in the United States of America to allow people to carry semi-automatic rifles like you see on the battlefield and war zones," Castor told 10 News.

Castor added she hopes the tragedy is a wake-up call that spurs change and not just results in more talk.

A new poll following Friday's shooting also shows a bump in support for stricter gun laws. The poll by the Huffington Post found 50% of Americans say they want tougher gun laws compared to 43% who say they should remain the same or made even less strict.

The 50% mark for tougher gun laws is up from 44% in August.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was the only other area legislator who responded to 10 News calls seeking comment on the issue of gun control on Monday. A Nelson spokesperson released a statement saying the Democrat has "voted to ban weapons like AK-47's because he believes they're meant for killing, not for hunting."

10 News also sought comment from Republicans U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan, Gus Bilarakis and C.W. Bill Young.

In 1994 Young voted in support of an assault weapons ban.

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