Important Update on ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban, Vote May Happen Today!

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. (Photo: Twitter/Pelosi)

UPDATE 7/29/22 10:02 a.m. EST: The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) put out this alert, confirming that a vote on H.R. 1808 could happen today.

NSSF urges gun owners to take ACTION now!

Click HERE to find the correct contact information for your specific Member of Congress.

UPDATE 7/29/22 7:47 a.m. EST: Firearms Policy Coalition is reporting that the House is forcing a vote on H.R. 1808 today, Friday!!! Take ACTION to stop it!

Apparently, the initial reports that Dems were punting on the legislation were erroneous, or maybe it was a deliberate head fake to lull gun owners into not taking action. Stay tuned, this story is still developing.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will not vote on a bill to ban so-called “assault weapons,” at least for now.

After discussing the matter in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, Left-leaning lawmakers recognized they didn’t have enough support to pass the “H.R. 1808 Assault Weapons Ban of 2022” before the upcoming August recess, according to a report by Politico.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, credited gun owners for stepping up and speaking out to stop the vote.

“The gun ban vote being stopped from a vote this week is because many House democrats have felt the pressure from grassroots gun owners,” said Gottlieb in an email to GunsAmerica. “The House switchboard have been lit up. Gun owners need to keep the pressure on.”

News of the delay triggered gun-control activist David Hogg.

“If you want to see an act of political suicide this is it,” Hogg posted on Twitter. “Gun violence is the top voting issue for undecided voters. This bill is not going to be brought up in August- there will always be another “bigger” issue. This is 1000% bs and foolish.”

It’s not clear what poll or survey Hogg is referring to when he said “gun violence is the top voting issue for undecided voters.”

The economy is the top issue, at least according to a recent DesertNews poll. Twenty-four percent of respondents said the “economy” was the most important issue for the November midterms compared to 12 percent who said, “gun control/protecting 2A,” which would suggest that it’s the aggregate category, accounting for voters on both sides of the gun divide.

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An unrelated report by NPR also indicated that the economy, specifically concerns about inflation, was the number one concern for voters.

Over the years, support for banning so-called “assault weapons” has hovered around 50 percent, according to Gallup polling.

(Photo: Gallup)
(Photo: Gallup)

Historically, there has never been an overwhelming public demand to outlaw modern sporting rifles (MSRs), despite what Hogg would have his followers on Twitter believe.

Complicating matters further for gun-control activists, like Mr. Hogg, is that there are now more than 24 million AR- and AK-pattern rifles in circulation, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association.

To put things in perspective, the NSSF noted that there are more MSRs in circulation today than there are Ford F-Series trucks on the road.

“This is a truly significant figure that demonstrates – again – the popularity of this commonly-owned style of rifle,” said NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi. “The firearm industry responds to market demand and this shows that during the elevated period of firearm sales that began in 2020, this particular style of rifle is the top choice for law-abiding citizens for hunting, recreational shooting and self-defense.”

Given the relative ubiquity and popularity of MSRs, it will continue to be an uphill battle for those who seek to ban them. That said, they’ll never stop.

As always, stay tuned for updates.

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  • Stan d. Upnow August 1, 2022, 11:01 am

    The Progressive-Socialist scum DID pass that “assault weapon” ban. They need all of their side to go along in the Senate, plus 10 on the GOP side to break a filibuster. Given the number of traitorous RINOs we’ve seen vote with them recently, it may come to pass. Time to sweat. Of course, none of us are going to voluntarily give up our guns, mags, or ammo. They can all GFT!

  • chinchy July 30, 2022, 10:32 am

    The Democrat party has always discriminated against people based on how they look, why wouldn’t they do the same with guns?

  • Bemused Berserker July 29, 2022, 10:50 pm

    Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is my Representative, and she assured me she is opposed to this and a NY other Gun Bill.

    • Blue Dog (he/him) August 1, 2022, 5:12 pm

      Heh, I sometimes joke that my Congessman is a whore. Yours actually is one. 😉

  • Bubbinator July 29, 2022, 12:34 pm

    Cannot think of a more useless spokesperson for this issue than that sniveling little dog turd David Hogg. That POS’s claim to fame is a CNN interview at the Parkland school shooting where he rode his Big Wheel scooter to the school AFTER the shooting and the “johnny on the spot” CNN news team interviewed him like he was a victim! He wasn’t even there that day. His daddy is an FBI Act and we have all learned lately how credible the FBI is. NOT!! The democraps want our guns because an unarmed man is a subject/serf, and armed man is a citizen with a means to demand the rule of law and Constitution be upheld. The politicians fear this above all!

  • jeremy griffin July 29, 2022, 11:43 am

    it’s insane that they even think this legislation would make a difference. it’s very VERY clear to anyone with half a brain that guns of all types are falling into the wrong hands and there are plenty of ways to address that but banning large categories of firearms is idiotic.

  • Clint W. July 29, 2022, 11:39 am

    Gas is more than double and all petroleum is hated by the left. Inflation is an everyday nightmare. Home mortgage rates are going up. 8,000 illegals a day cross the border. Jan. 6th is being propagandized in a kangaroo court. The list goes on. The assault weapons ban would be about the last nail in the coffin for the Democommunist party. But, misinformation about all guns is the norm in DC. There should be a mandatory seminar on guns run by a group like GOA or NRA, not a bunch of government flunkies, for the entire Congress that explains the issues without bias. But, we all now that will occur when Wilbur is actually flying and not standing in front of a fan with a cape on.

  • Armed and Dangerous July 29, 2022, 10:24 am

    These politicians not only don’t know what an assault weapon is, some know absolutely nothing about firearms in general. Many don’t know the difference between auto and semi auto. Shiela Jackson Lee stated an AR-15 weight as much as 10 boxes ( I don’t know what kind of boxes she was referring to) and shot a 50 caliber bullet. Unfortunately, there’s no IQ test for running for congress.

  • Jerry July 29, 2022, 9:39 am

    Kick it down the road…aint that what o’bomba did with the DACA? And then when The Donald tried to get it permanent, straight up-or-down vote, they wigged out and said he was trying to destroy it, because they figgert it wouldnt stand a real vote any better than when it was new. Th ds seem to recall the anecdotal that putting up anything about taking away guns loses them the election.
    Also please note we not only have fellow comenteer ‘jerry’, but also another ‘Jerry’; please do not blame them for anything i said

  • Steve July 29, 2022, 9:13 am

    Why does anyone give David (wanna be Boss) Hogg’s opinions screen time? Let that loser slide into oblivion where he belongs and never show his name anywhere ever again.

    • Stan d. Upnow August 1, 2022, 11:07 am

      Why? Because the Left-wing media will champion any stupid, loud-mouthed fool who will scream their warped viewpoints; even Hogg-Boy. Remember: If you repeat the lie often enough, people will come to believe it.

  • Nicholas July 29, 2022, 8:47 am

    What I’ve learned over the years of writing articles on the subject, speaking, and doing interviews is simple. The so-called pro-2nd community is their own worst enemy. Let me repeat, the “individual right theory” has no force of law. It imposes no duty on anyone, and that should be obvious to all who have a modicum of sense. The reason that the “individual right theory” is so popular is because it allows those who are opposed to any type of Duty to protect themselves, their family, and community is it is a non-starter.
    “With obvious purpose to assure the continuation and render possible the effectiveness of [Militia], the declaration and guarantee of the Second Amendment were made.” Your right to keep and bear arms as a sovereign is outlined as part of the doctrine of a nation founded on popular sovereignty in our “Declaration” of independence from England.
    I realize that the vast majority know nothing at all about law, and have been sold a bill of goods by contemptuous people’s on both sides. None-the-less, the purpose of the 2nd was to reinforce the constitutional command to maintain Militia, Article I, § 8, Cl. 15, composed, and codified in both state and federal statutes. It is not voluntary. Both state and federal statutes clearly impose an enrollment, and mandatory service whereby “when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.”
    When the 2nd amendment community stops pretending that they are being brave and patriotic about resisting service in a state Institution, such as militia, then we might stop the inevitable fall into despotism. Understand this; this is a nation composed of sovereigns, and Militia is our force of law. The state is a fiction comprising representatives of the people. Any laws that those representatives attempt to impose on the People can only be done so by our consent, and at the hand of the militia, which is the People’s law enforcement. If we refuse, or as we should, indict and arrest miscreant “public officials” we protect our rights by enforcing our sovereignty in the only constitutionally recognized POWER “to execute the Laws of the Union…”
    Pro-2nd people, stop pretending that you know anything about this subject so that we can give our children a fighting chance to maintain their rights, and their freedom. We must move to revitalize the statutes that authorize and properly regulate the militia.

    • Kane July 29, 2022, 9:10 pm

      What “militia” do you belong? What training does your “militia” require that you participate on a regular basis? What authority oversees the storage and security your firearms? Who is your CO?

      Is the 2A a “collective right”? Are all the “Bill of Rights” collective rights?

      Is “space force” Constitutional?

      You’re the genius, start answering some questions.

    • Stan d. Upnow August 1, 2022, 11:32 am

      You sound like a self-claimed professional gun writer. Better start proof-reading your writings, as this one contains grammatical and other errors.

      On another note, your “militia” ramblings are nothing but philosophical impracticalities. The People have allowed the formation of police dept.’s and other institutions to enforce the laws of the land. In a sense, They are part of the militia along with our military. Now, being that both entities draw their manpower from The People, the citizenry is Still the de facto militia.

      There, fixed it for you.

  • Richard Fox July 29, 2022, 7:40 am

    …because the people who own MSR’s and vote, bought and use their firearms legally, and everyone capable of cohesive thought, knows that the crisis is “mental health”. As the “progressive” Dems scurry and slither about, working to destroy the country, the majority of voters who switched to support them in 2020, are seeing the folly of their choice. The ‘tards will wait until it’s closer to the mid-term, thinking another assault on 2A will swing the moderates/independents back their way… Joe Manchin might be able to sell out on a “smaller” bill because he got the Dipstick to allow drilling for oil in WV, but he would be handing over his seat to a replacement if he votes to further restrict the law-abiding folks in WV, as would a number of other moderate Dems, capable of cohesive thought…

  • Jerry July 29, 2022, 7:26 am

    Blue dog. One question: what is an assault rifle–specifics please, not “feelings” or “I think”. Thanks

    • Dr Motown July 29, 2022, 7:59 am

      Blue Dog doesn’t know! I asked him the same question months ago, and he never answered. He did, however, claim to be a former FFL who knows all about firearms….LOL

      • Stan d. Upnow August 1, 2022, 11:36 am

        He’s about as much pro-gun, not to mention a FFL, as I am an astronaut. A troll provocateur is more like it.

    • Blue Dog (he/him) July 29, 2022, 8:47 am

      Per the Dictionary website, an assault weapon is any of various automatic and semi-automatic military firearm utilizing an intermediate power cartridge, designed for individual use. It then refers to assault rifle. The second definition of assault rifle really fits; a non military weapon modeled on a military assault rifle, usually modified to allow only semi-automatic fire.

      I would say that one kind of assault weapon is any semi auto rifle with a detachable magazine that is patterned after a fully-auto rifle designed for military use or a fully auto rifle with a detachable mag that has been work or reworked to only allow semi-auto fire for the civilian market. This is not an exclusive definition, in that there are other assault rifles that are qualified as assault rifles in ways that are not included in this definition, like the M-1 Garand. However, this definition does address the AR-15, the semi-auto rework of the M4, and any of the various AK pattern rifles reworked as semi-auto for the civilian market.

      There may be a certain element of “you know it when you see it” to the definition of assault rifle, like pornography.

      Assault weapon would be a wider definition than assault rifle.

      And for the record, I know a lot about firearms but I never claimed to know everything. 😉

      • Jerry July 29, 2022, 3:38 pm

        So using the same reasoning used in the second “definition of an assault rifle–“definition of assault rifle really fits; a non military weapon modeled on a military assault rifle, usually modified to allow only semi-automatic fire.” If I take a 1970 vw beetle chassie,engine & transmission and put a body on it that looks like a formula 1race car then it’s a formula 1 race car? So much for the accuracy of online dictionaries.

      • a11four1 July 29, 2022, 8:16 pm

        ‘Jerry’ asked “Blue dog. One question: what is an assault rifle–specifics please, not “feelings” or “I think”. Thanks”

        per Blue Dog; The bulk of the response is prefaced with
        “I would say that one kind of assault weapon is any semi auto rifle with a detachable magazine that is patterned after a fully-auto rifle designed for military use…….”
        Note “I would say……” While not an uncommon verbal introduction, written, it completely dissolves an encyclopedic definition.

        Then an appraisal of what constitutes pornography “you know it when you see it” is inaccurate. Pornography is regional, like nude beaches, certain forms are verboten everywhere,

        While I’m at it; current appropriations of term ‘assault’ are in context of warfare. As such, perhaps 75% are inflations to characterize an object, NOT DEFINE. An alley back of a bar room, could not an assault weapon could literally be anything from a trash can lid, corn broom or a golf shoe? He’d like to conflate the M1 Garand into assault rifle, all 8 semi-auto rounds, 43″ and 9-1/2 pounds worth. Defending an onslaught? Sure, many times, against a similarly or lesser armed adversary. Conducting assault? Highly improbable.

        Again, the AR-15 is not any ‘rework’ of the M4, by I don’t know 1956 versus 1982? Having toted true M4, that qualifies assault capable (compact, light, select fire, bayonet mount, capacity, wide platform of attachments), but isn’t a ordinary tactic. We’re riflemen, not screaming hordes or pirates.

        Finally, though got one right “And for the record, I know a lot about firearms but I never claimed to know everything.”
        Good news; no one has all encompassing knowledge. No one.

        Predicting employment as Biden’s next Disinformation Czar, or assisting Treasury Secretary with imaginative ‘recession’ definitions.

      • Jerry July 31, 2022, 7:23 am

        Hmmmm… The Dictionary….maybe specifically Which One? I can see that one in the Urban dictionary, but is there a legitimate source youse have in mind, since we now cant use the AP copybook for that word

      • Stan d. Upnow August 1, 2022, 11:51 am

        “a non military(sic) weapon modeled on a military assault rifle, usually modified to allow only semi-automatic fire.”

        LOL, that statement contradicts itself, and hence, is invalid! If you had an ounce of sense, you wouldn’t say it “fits” the definition of an assault rifle. Besides, Mr. FFL, our current M4 infantry weapon is technically a carbine.

        Also, genius, the AR15 is Not a “rework” of the M4. You try to come-off as a knowledgeable authority on firearms, but in reality you’re just a no-nothing dolt.

  • Hondo July 29, 2022, 7:10 am

    Well too bad bluedouche it/clown , looks like your wet dream dried up. It’s called mid-terms and they’re going get their asses handed to them. Btw suck it troll.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) July 28, 2022, 7:50 pm

    So support for an assault weapon ban went from a majority to… less of a majority. What is slowing this down? The electoral college?

    This issue isn’t dead. I am optimistic that something will happen on that front in the next few months.

    • Let's go Brandon, FJB July 29, 2022, 7:38 am

      Hey bluebells, you can’t help yourself from showing your ignorance can you? The electoral college has nothing to do with that. If you think the real patriots in this country are going to allow the communist in this country to take our guns; you’re more dumb than you sound. Si Vis Pacem Parabellum! Trump 2024!

      • Jerry July 29, 2022, 9:59 am

        Obviously, bluefella’s sarcasm about the electoral college escaped youse; always, always, believe the other fella capable of humour, whether youse like (or understand) his or not.
        Personally, i dont believe he is as rabid as some of youse seem to think he is…and far more intelligent than some of the more extreme kneejerk responders….oh, and how about the AP sending out orders to stop using the the term assault weapon; what next from them? Return to classic genderspecific pronouns?

    • JMO July 29, 2022, 7:43 am

      This term Assault Weapons , means nothing to us civilians that only own SEMI-Automatic guns, we do not own The made up term for AR-15’s, they do not have any select fire switch for bursts or FULL automatic, therefore they can’t ban a weapon we do not own. Unless they want to ban our military from having them , but obviously these government officials don’t understand that and the fact that the decision has already been established that commonly owned firearms cannot be banned .

    • Hondo July 29, 2022, 10:06 am

      Electoral college ? Are you related to AOC ? Why are you even posting here simpleton ?

    • Stan d. Upnow August 1, 2022, 11:57 am

      Ya know, you should run for governor of Texas on that platform. You and Beto could duke it out to see who’s the bigger jerk.

      BTW, is Soros paying you to troll this site?

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