Even though these anti-protectionist politicians have no idea how a semi-automatic firearms works, it will not stop them from attempting to ban them from every American.
Almost 1/3 of the U.S. House is now backing an “assault weapons” ban. Remember what features they say actually make a firearm an assault weapon? Things like an adjustable stock, magazine release, and flash hider apparently make these semi-automatic rifles “assault weapons” and they must be banned.
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 was introduced by Rhode Island Democrat David N. Cicilline and would make it illegal to buy, transfer, produce, or import a rifle, handgun, or even shotgun that has what Democrats call a “military-style” feature.
“Since 2011, the frequency of mass shootings has increased by a factor of three. And according to one study, more than half of all mass shooters used an assault weapon, a gun with a military-style feature, or a high-capacity magazine. The sole purpose of these types of weapons is to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” said Cicilline in a statement.
“It is unconscionable that we continue to allow military-style weapons to be bought and sold while mass shootings are growing more common. This bill is an important first step that will restore some sanity to the way we treat guns in the United States,” he continued.
According to Guns.com,
These lawmakers – all Democrats – include 45 from California and New York, both states with their own restrictive local bans on guns classified there as assault weapons.
Under its guidelines, the new measure is more prohibitive than the original 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban that expired a decade ago. It would add 157 firearms identified by name to that list’s 660 restricted guns.
Moving past singling out specific firearms, it would also ban semi-auto handguns and rifles with a detachable magazine and only one “military-style feature” such as a pistol grip, telescoping or folding stock, or bayonet mount. The previous ban allowed a single feature but kicked in at the point of two or more. Likewise, detachable magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds would be prohibited.
Further, the bill in its current form would prohibit semi-auto rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds as well as semi-auto shotguns of any kind if they had a banned cosmetic feature.
Finally, the legislation includes a provision to close what is termed by gun control advocates as the “Charleston Loophole,” the practice of the current “default to proceed” guidelines that allows federal firearms license holders to transfer a firearm if a required background check does not process within a three day window such as in the case of the gunman who killed 12 clergy and parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in July.