NSSF Denounces Unconstitutional ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2022’ Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, condemns the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, as amended. The legislation ignores the Constitutional right, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, for law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms that are in common use. NSSF estimates that there are over 24.4 million Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) in circulation in America between 1990 and 2020.

“This legislation is as dangerous as it is revealing of the contempt for which the House Democrats hold for the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Chairman Jerrold Nadler admitted during debate in his committee that he didn’t care the legislation was unconstitutional and defied Supreme Court precedent. Democratic representatives are not fulfilling the interest of ‘the People,’ instead representing special-interest gun control groups that seek to disarm law-abiding citizens and scapegoat them for crimes committed by others.”

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The MSR remains the most-popular selling centerfire semiautomatic rifle in the United States today. There are more MSRs in circulation today than there are Ford F-Series trucks on the road. The Supreme Court upheld that commonly-owned firearms are lawful for private ownership in both the Heller and Bruen rulings. Banning of an entire class of semiautomatic firearms can be viewed as nothing short of an outright infringement of Second Amendment rights – rights which belong to the people and not the government. This legislation, however, also includes some semiautomatic shotguns and handguns.

This legislation does nothing to improve public safety, as it doesn’t address criminals acting without regard for law or innocent life. Instead, it will put the lives of those who obey the law at greater risk by denying them an entire class of firearms that are used for home defense.

The previous 1994 Assault Weapons Ban proved to be ineffective at reducing crime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded the “assault weapons ban” did not result in crime reduction.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows more murders were committed by individuals using knives, fists and clubs than by those using any rifle – not just MSRs like AR-15s.

About NSSF

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

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  • Robert Duane Nickols August 5, 2022, 8:51 am

    The Big Assault Weapon Farce
    Assault Weapon Ban = Scary Weapon Ban

    All semi-automatic weapons fire ONE round with every pull of the trigger.
    H.R 1808 even says that; “requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.” Page 3, lines 6-7.

    The bill defines the term, semi-automatic assault weapon, on page three.
    It says a pistol grip makes it an assault weapon (page 3, line 23). It does not matter what kind of grip you have on any semi-automatic weapon. It will not change the rate of fire, muzzle velocity of the bullet or the muzzle energy of the bullet. This is an external change to the weapon. It must make it look scary.

    I can send the whole article.

  • Stan d. Upnow August 5, 2022, 8:43 am

    For the umpteenth time, the Progressive-Socialists care Nothing about anyone’s safety but their own. All this gun control is geared towards is ultimately dispossessing the populace of all those “evil killing machines” that they know nothing about and have zero experience with.

    They are not that stupid. They know & fear what the 2nd A. is Really for. That’s why they are making such a big deal out of Jan. 6. They shiver & shake at the thought that, what if the tens of thousands in attendance that day were all armed and came for a Real insurrection against their asses. Listen, if their stooge, AG Garland, could label parents at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists,” than it’s a no-brainer of how they regard any citizens who own guns, much less belong to any organized group centered around activities involving firearms. That’s why you DO NOT ever “compromise” with those people!! And don’t believe their lies to swallow “common-sense” proposals.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment August 3, 2022, 11:30 am

    So what would this do regarding the CMP M1 Garands since the GOV allowed the sale of actual military weapons? I like mine, good balance, nice look, and will do the job with one round!

    • Stan d. Upnow August 5, 2022, 8:30 am

      That’ll be Next on their list to go.

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