Joined by 123-co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 to prohibit the sale, transfer, production and importation of many widely popular and commonly owned rifles, shotguns and handguns.
Despite the fact that these weapons are rarely used in the commission of crimes, Cicilline, and his Democratic cohorts believe that the ban is a key component to reducing gun-related violence.
“The sole purpose of these types of weapons is to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” said Cicilline in a press release.
“It is unconscionable that we continue to allow military-style weapons to be bought and sold while mass shootings are growing more common,” he added. “This bill is an important first step that will restore some sanity to the way we treat guns in the United States.”
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
- Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
- Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
- Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
- Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
- And 157 specifically-named and listed firearms.
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 will also attempt to close what gun-grabbers refer to as the “Charleston Loophole,” the existing law that allows a sale or transfer to proceed if a buyer’s background check is not completed within three days. According to the language of the bill, the background check period would be extended to 14 days.
Additionally, if it is determined that a gun was sold to a prohibited individual, the FBI will notify federal, state, and local law enforcement so that the firearm can be confiscated and the buyer can be prosecuted for violating the law.
“I would like to commend my friend, Congressman David Cicilline, for leading this effort and introducing this life-saving legislation,” said Congresswoman Janice Hahn.
“The guns we are talking about today are not for hunting nor for target practice—they are weapons of war,” continued Hahn. “These assault weapons are designed to inflict the maximum amount of death and injury and have no place on our streets. Frankly, we should be ashamed that Congress allowed the original Assault Weapons Ban to expire in the first place.”
Last week, I wrote a pretty good piece on why banning black guns makes no sense. You should check it out.
What I found while putting together this piece that I think is really interesting is that public support for banning black weapons is waning (as you see in the charts illustrated above). People are beginning to understand that an AWB is a red herring, a distraction from the real causes of not just gun violence but all violence: gangs, drugs, radical ideologies/religions and mental health.
To repeat a common analogy, we didn’t ban cars when we wanted to reduce vehicular fatalities. We targeted drunk drivers. Likewise, we shouldn’t ban popular firearms to reduce gun-related violence. We ought to use our available resources to target gangsters, drug dealers, terrorists and the mentally deranged. Stop the bad people and you’ll stop the violence!