Local Teen Fears Ban On Military-Style Assault Weapons

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CHINA SPRING (February 2, 2013)--A local teen hopes congress doesn't ban military assault weapons.

Madison Butler got her first gun at the age of four.

She practices at the Central Texas Rifle and Pistol Club in China Spring.

"Once she got to the expert level, a man saw her shooting and said you should get her into shooting the AR-15s," Sara Leatherman, Butler's mother, said.

Butler began shooting with an AR-15 and soon started competing in competitive shooting.

She is one of the youngest to compete in the high power rifle division.

"It feels pretty cool knowing you are one of the youngest and your out there doing it with all the older kids.

At 13 years-old she has already gone to a national competition using her high power rifle.

"I think if she keeps focusing and practicing, I think the sky is the limit," Leatherman said.

Butler's shooting talent could get her college scholarships.

President Obama has urged congress to ban military style assault weapons, which would put Butlers dreams on hold.

The AR-15 was used in many of the recent mass shootings.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people," Butler said.

Butler and her family hope high power rifles are not banned, so she can continue to shoot for her future.