Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales supports extending the expired federal assault-weapons ban, the Associated Press reports. Gonzalez made the statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee in written answers to questions asked at his confirmation hearing. Gonzales, who served as President Bush’s lawyer during his first term, is expected to be confirmed tomorrow.
Congress let the 10-year-old assault-weapons ban expire in September. The measure outlawed 19 types of military-style assault weapons, banned certain features on firearms such as bayonet mounts, and limited ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. Gonzales’ brother Tony is a SWAT officer in Houston. “I worry about his safety and the types of weapons he will confront on the street,” Alberto Gonzalez said.