WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a powerful moment at the White House that day in 1994.
Thousands of guests, including the loved ones of crime victims, crowded in as President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping crime bill.
It was six years in the making and included a ban on assault weapons.
Here's what Clinton said: "Today, at last, the waiting ends. Today, the bickering stops, the era of excuses is over."
Two decades and many gun tragedies later, the political fallout from that long-gone ban still casts a long shadow over Washington.
Gun-control advocates are scrambling to regroup after losing soundly to the National Rifle Association on their best opportunity in years to tighten gun laws.
There's no shortage of finger-pointing about what went wrong or theories about what to do next.