‘Assault Weapons’ Ban On the Move in U.S. House, Clears Committee

UPDATE: The House Judiciary Committee approved the ban by a 25-18 vote. It will now move to the House floor for a full vote in the coming weeks. The date for that vote has not been set.

Legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons” is on the move this week in our nation’s capitol. 

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a markup on H.R. 1808, “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2021“, a bill to ban the sale, import, manufacture or transfer of certain semi-automatic weapons.

Sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and cosponsored by 213 additional lawmakers, the sweeping legislation would not only ban modern sporting rifles but also magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds.  

“Over the past several decades, our country has witnessed senseless killing after senseless kill and each time one fact has remained remarkably consistent—the weapon of choice for mass slaughter is a high-powered assault weapon,” said Committee Chairman Nadler in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.

Based on the real data, the actual choice for mass killers is handguns. (Chart: Crime Prevention Research Center)

“It is beyond frightening and disturbing that a weapon that was designed as a tool of war has found its way into the hands of 18 year olds and onto our streets,” he continued. “Any weapon that allows for the quick and efficient slaughter of children in our schools has no place in our communities.”

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Per Nadler’s press release, H.R. 1808 would make it unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, or transfer the following:

  • All semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of the following military features: (1) pistol grip; (2) forward grip; (3) folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; (4) grenade launcher; (5) barrel shroud; or (6) threaded barrel.
  • All semi-automatic rifles that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
  • Bump fire stocks and any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.
  • All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of the following military features: (1) threaded barrel; (2) second pistol grip; (3) barrel shroud; (4) capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or (5) semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.
  • All semi-automatic shotguns that have at least one of the following (1) a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; (2) pistol grip; (3) fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; (4) ability to accept a detachable magazine; (5) forward grip; (6) grenade launcher; or (7) shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
  • High capacity feeding devices (magazines, strips, and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

There would be a grandfather clause for selling, transferring, and possessing modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines lawfully owned prior to the enactment of the ban.

It would also exempt antique firearms, manually-operated firearms, and more than 2,000 specified models of firearms.

Along with holding a markup for H.R. 1808, the committee also reviewed H.R. 2814, the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, a bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

The PLCAA prevents frivolous lawsuits against members of the firearm industry for the criminal misuse of a lawfully sold firearm by a remote third party, as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has pointed out.

The PLCAA “is nothing more than a codification of basic tort law, that the industry cannot be held responsible for the criminal actions committed by others,” says NSSF, the firearms industry trade association.

Both bills are likely to make it out of the committee. They will then head to the House floor full a vote.

Stay tuned for updates.

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  • Samuel Meola July 24, 2022, 9:06 am

    The communist government that’s in office now in the United States where i have been born and raised are trying to do a HITLER power control on the citizens of our country with GATE’S that thinks he is the head of power he wants our country to be controlled his way also we will have to see who makes the first move on us first.

  • Bones July 24, 2022, 7:12 am

    The constitution clearly leaves open the regulation of firearms..I doubt the founding fathers could foresee the millions of killing machines so easily acquired by so many unqualified citizens..men must have been more respectable and responsible in their day ! Haha..not any more..I do believe the 2 nd amendment was designed for personal protection from political tyrants abusing their power like trump the chump,and crazed politically motivated traitors to democracy dining on propaganda and lies

    • Hondo August 3, 2022, 10:39 am

      Another mental deficient liberal, hey boner looks like your TDS is getter the better of you, another loser who should be red flagged for his and everyone else’s safety.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment July 21, 2022, 12:16 pm

    if you have a glock 19 say goodbye since they made the g19x! The part about detachable mags + one or more item will be soon change to detachable mag!

  • Blue Dog (he/him) July 20, 2022, 3:08 pm

    They forgot pistol braces! XD

    If the last couple of months have taught us anything, it is that MSRs are in fact assault weapons and are too dangerous in the hands of the public. Seriously, how much blood of innocent patriots must be spilt upon the tree of your liberty? How many children must pass through the fire on the altar of AR-15s? The Molech of today has traded bronze hands for 7075 aluminium lowers. Constitutional originalism turned idolatry! The second amendment is your pagan god now. What have we done? The voice of those children’s blood calls out to us all!

    • Rational Vocalist July 21, 2022, 11:03 am

      Assault weapon is redundant. Listening to all that children’s blood has clouded your judgement with emotion. The general public is not a threat to itself no matter what arms we choose to bear. Criminals are the problem, not the tools they use, and despite getting all the attention there really are not so many of them. Punish not a man for the sins of his neighbor, or some fool down the block.

      • Blue Dog (he/him) July 22, 2022, 11:34 am

        Listening to the innocent blood of the children was a reference to the Cain and Abel story from Genesis 4. The specific verse was 4:10.

    • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment July 21, 2022, 12:18 pm

      Well my non-favorite subversive british tart! Hello and STFU!!!

      • Blue Dog (he/him) July 21, 2022, 4:10 pm

        Hey paul. I am still not British. My family have been in America since the mid-17th century, in Texas for nearly 200 years.

        • Richard July 22, 2022, 10:12 am

          Hey blue dog HMO, why don’t you GFY???

        • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment July 23, 2022, 12:03 pm

          bluedog sorry I forgot you live in texas but read and write in english…..yeah riiigggghhhht. pretty damn lame excuse there!!

    • D.J. July 22, 2022, 1:08 pm

      Replying to this subversive , impertinent ,
      provocateur , is a waste of time and energy .

      They seek these types of reactions .

      Disregard him / them / they .

    • Shanz July 22, 2022, 4:03 pm

      Says the baby killer Democrat. How is an AR 15 different from my mini 14? I have both. Only one is legal in the Commy state I live in. So should all semi auto rifles be banned? Also if you don’t like the Constitution or Bill of rights change them. We have made Amendments before. The fact is you guys know you would never be able to so making unconstitutional laws is your only recourse. Shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia is needed to secure a free state. Who is the militia? Why we are. What is a well regulated militia? Any adult male or female I should say who owns an AR15, Mini 14, M1A, M1s, AKs, M1 carbines, bolt action rifles and on and on and on. Plainly we must consider the inevitability of a tyrannical government. When that day comes I want a second amendment with teeth. We must always remain as a check to the balance of power. 30 million AR 15s in circulation is a good start.

    • Hondo July 23, 2022, 1:08 pm

      More leftist lies from our resident troll, bluedouche it/clown , why don’t you take your silly pronouns and imbecilic comments and GFY with them.

    • Comanche July 29, 2022, 12:46 pm

      Well what do you know, another far left progressive liberal opinion from David hoggs favorite good butt-buddy AssClown!
      Comanche out!!!%

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