Monday's expiration of the 1994 federal ban on assault-style firearms has stirred both sides of the gun control debate. The ban, signed into effect by President Clinton in 1994, lapsed because of a clause requiring specific reauthorization from Congress for it to continue. AP has more. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has accused President Bush of ducking his responsibility to protect Americans and fight terrorism by failing to ensure that the ban was renewed. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has two press releases available on the lapse of the ban, while the NRA has issued a statement on its website lauding the end of what it calls a "sad era".