WATCH: Congressman Explains to House Committee What a ‘Weapon of War’ Actually Is

Last week the House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons.” During the hearing on the bill, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) tried to explain to his Democratic peers why an AR-15 is not a “weapon of war.”

“The Democratic majority is discriminating against some of the most popular weapons in the United States simply because they don’t like the way they look — not because of the way they function,” said Rep. Steube, a veteran of the U.S. Army.

“There are so many Americans who are confused when they see a semiautomatic rifle that the Democrats want to ban as being fully automatic. It’s not. You can’t purchase that [M4]. It’s illegal,” he continued.

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“It [AR-15} is not a weapon of war. A weapon of war has a fully automatic switch or a three-round burst,” Steube concluded.

Though the Florida Republican may have clarified things a bit, the Dems still went ahead and advanced the legislation, H.R. 1808, “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,“ by a 25-18 vote.

The bill will now go before the full floor for a vote in the coming weeks.

As GunsAmerica previously reported, 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.

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  • T December 26, 2022, 7:22 pm

    I hope we wont have to “sell back” our fully semi-automatic weapons of war. That’ll leave my semi-bolt action actual military surplus weapons of war as my only option. Center of mass baby, center of mass.

  • Clint W. August 7, 2022, 8:40 am

    A while back I commented that I wished someone would give Congressman a course on firearms. Well, it looks like Rep. Steube did, but as usual, Democrats are such cretins, it is like talking to an artichoke. One thing they never show in a video like this is how many Reps are in the hall. Sometimes only a handful of Reps. are present. They know the schedule of events like this, and they would have known when Steube was going to speak and instead of showing up and learning something, they went and hat a latte with their gay assistant. But we have 2 RINO democommunist lovers who passed this bill in the House, when the democommunists didn’t have the votes to do it. Whichever states owns those two traitors, needs them gone in November.

  • WuDanFu August 4, 2022, 7:50 am

    The intent of the second amendment is that the citizenry be equally armed against a tyrannical government,,, remember what they just did…

  • Buck O. Fama August 3, 2022, 3:22 pm

    And If the democraps do get away with any type of ban, they won’t stop there. There will always be something they want to ban when it comes to firearms.

  • link lackluster August 3, 2022, 2:49 pm

    my rifle is fully semi-automatic only

  • Olaf Landgrebe August 3, 2022, 10:30 am

    The NFA. Look who originated the legislation. The New Deal . You need to extrapolate FDR’s relationship with the ccp, the support of China over Japan, and the attack on our sovereign currency. Now transition to the” new green new deal. The phrase” New Deal” means repudiation of our Citizen sovereignty to one of centralized communist oligarchy. Remember Putin uses the term ” President” as a communist false flag.

  • Hondo August 3, 2022, 6:52 am

    Oh look bi curious George has a bad cas of TDS, what a loser lol.

  • richard Burton August 3, 2022, 12:56 am

    If I’m reading this correctly all pistol with one of these features are banned:—- pistol grip!
    So all pistols are banned. Why would they include any other feature or any verbiage other than to say forthright all pistols are banned! Don’t they know this is what started the birth of this country? I’d like to know who are they going to get to enforce all this craziness? Not an all volunteer military, local police going to their neighbors, relatives, friends. Or police going to a strangers door to take his guns knowing he’s armed and not willing to give up his firearm’s. Another law that won’t work because criminals don’t care about laws. Laws are only followed by the law abiding citizenry. Once you make law that makes the law abiding citizen a criminal then he’ll do what criminal’s do and ignore the law.
    PTSD
    Pretty
    Tired of
    Stupid
    Democrats

    • Judah Horn August 9, 2022, 10:34 am

      Actually only will ban pistols with a second pistol grip, such are commonly located on fully automatic pistols, which is why they want to ban it. Banning semi automatic weapons that are reproductions of full autos is stupid

  • ed wong August 1, 2022, 7:09 pm

    historically, my choice for a “weapon of war” is a big rock. put one on a catapult, launch it, and it becomes a “weapon of mass destruction.”

    hope the gun grabbers deal with that danger next.

  • mmeter3 August 1, 2022, 12:13 pm

    i’m seeing a pattern, take our guns, defund the cops and bring in new citizens. Hang on to what you have and Keep America Strong!!

    • George August 1, 2022, 2:12 pm

      It doesn’t appear you have the ability to see anything except your own idiotic ideas….poor baby, they gonna take your gun/vibrator/security blanket. They gonna defund the police (where, you IDIOT?). This list has more uneducated big mouths as I’ve seen anywhere, except at a trump losers rally!

      • Judah Horn August 9, 2022, 10:36 am

        So says the uneducated loudmouth, Uneducated loudmouth

  • Dano July 30, 2022, 10:00 pm

    Barrel shroud?

    GRENADE LAUNCHER?!!?

  • 44magman July 29, 2022, 11:30 am

    I guess the Republicans are the only people that use common sense when talking about the Semi-auto Rifle.

  • David July 29, 2022, 10:14 am

    Weapons of war is precisely what the Second Amendment was written to protect. The British were seizing them from the American colonists. Using firearms for hunting was a secondary consideration.

  • Jerry July 29, 2022, 10:09 am

    Reading the proposed law it’s pretty obvious the intent is to disarm the law abiding American public. “Folding, detachable,…removeable stocks”. Most stocks areremoveable–maybe not easily but still removeable. If it’s a one piece stock are you in violation of the law if you take it apart for cleaning? Barrel shroud-any democrat or blue dog( he,she,it, POS,) explain the difference in function between a barrel shroud, handguard or forend and how it makes a firearm more dangerous. I’m surprised they left out bayonet lug, what with the recent rash of drive-by bayonetings.
    A semi-auto with a fixed mag capable of holding more than 10 rounds–say goodbye to any semi-auto 22 with a tubular magazine-think remington 552 speedmaster. And why is it the democrats know the difference between semi-auto and automatic in the bill but not when explaining in front of a camera. ( A rhetorical question-we know the answer)
    And this one is a puzzle-a shotgun with a revolving cylinder–why there must be MILLIONS of those used in crimes. A typical bill written by politicians and staffers that don’t have a clue what they’re talking about (Is one of the bill’s sponsor the same genius that was against resort development on an island because the weight of the construction and resulting influx of tourists would cause the island to tip over?)

  • Michael Pritt July 29, 2022, 9:55 am

    He is wasting his breath. Democrats simply don’t care and are moving to ban ALL guns.

  • Rick (no pronouns, just common sense) July 29, 2022, 8:49 am

    Blue, simply because you and your liberal partners have seen fit to alter the definition of what an assault weapon is in a dictionary doesn’t make it so! Just like we all know what a woman is and that there are only 2 genders! Just because a small portion of America has lost their minds doesn’t mean all the rest of sane people have to play along!

  • Edwin July 29, 2022, 8:08 am

    High capacity feeding devices (magazines, strips, and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

    This makes every magazine in use by law enforcement illegal. Is it Congressional intent to make every LE officer violate the law by receiving and possessing magazines with a capability to accept greater that 10 rounds? This is absurd.

    • Dude July 29, 2022, 8:40 am

      There’s always a special carve-out in these laws for the police. Remember: all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. The bullies in government costumes get to have any gun they want with any mag capacity they want.

    • Dash July 29, 2022, 12:24 pm

      I watch Donut Operator on YouTube and a lot of his police shooting break down happen in California where they already have magazine restrictions. It is interesting how many cops in the videos are using magazine extensions to increase their round count to 21+1 rounds. Where the average citizen can only have 10.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) July 28, 2022, 7:44 pm

    Assault weapon has a dictionary definition and the dictionary does include semi-autos in that definition.

    Weapon of war doesn’t have a dictionary definition as far as I know. The Stoner pattern certainly fits the description – whether an AR-10, AR-15, M4 or other AR pattern rifle. The AR-15 might not be on a battlefield, per se, but the parts interchange with the M4. If they found a cache of AR-15s in Ukraine, would they not deploy them on the battlefield just because they were only semi-auto with a 1-shot burst? Sounds like a weapon of war to me. Certainly moreso than something tasteful like a Mauser or a Trapdoor Springfield… you guys know what I mean.

    When I read that list of features again, the inclusion of a semi-auto version of a fully auto pistol jumps out at me. Now it makes sense why Kane asked me if I had a Glock! Glocks fit that description! The 18 kills the 17.

    • BOWSER July 29, 2022, 7:19 am

      “something tasteful, like a Mauser or a trapdoor Springfield…”

      Elmer, please go back to your wabbit hunting and leave the second amendment talk to the adults in the room who understand the dictionary definition of “shall not be infringed.”

      • Jerry July 29, 2022, 12:31 pm

        Funny, I thought the Mauser ’98 & trapdoor springfield were originally MILITARY weapons: i.e. “weapons of war”

        • a11four1 July 29, 2022, 8:43 pm

          ’89, ’90, ’91, ’98, Mauser’s, Trapdoor, 1903, Thompson, M1 carbine & rifle, various Enfields, Swiss 7.5, Martini’s & Greeners, Hi-Power, 1911, Broomhandle, Lee Navy, Krag, Gustav’s, and dozens more.
          Each passed military armament trials with appropriate design of the period, some revolutionary engineering and none without civilian acceptance at the very same time.

        • Kane August 1, 2022, 8:04 pm

          And the 1911’s are also fall into the contrived “weapons of war” grab bag. BD likes the 1911, he thinks he will be safe if a Great Gun Grab is signed into law.

    • Hondo July 29, 2022, 7:21 am

      More left garbage liberal speak from bluedouche it/clown, your act is boring me.

      • Chief July 29, 2022, 8:51 am

        Agree with Hondo. The Blue Fool tells you exactly who he is next to his name, “he/him” No self-respecting, American male, would ever describe himself that way. Complete Lib D-Bag. He’s likely the kid in school who no one liked and has been picked on all his life. This is the only place he has the balls to mouth off because in person, he’d get popped in the mouth.

      • Jerry July 29, 2022, 9:35 am

        Just a quick reading of yhe proposed bill shows the true intent–disarm law-abiding citizens. Here’s my version of “common sense gun control”. First–the person commiting the crime is the CRIMINAL. Not the VICTIM. now that that’s settled: commit a crime with a firearm–mandatory 25 year sentence in federal prison. Injure some with a firearm while commiting a crime– an additional 15 year mandatory sentence added to the 25. Kill someone with a firearm while commiting a crime–mandatory death penalty. Say what you will about the death penalty being a deterent to crime; it absolutely 100% prevents repeat offenders

    • Dr Motown July 29, 2022, 8:12 am

      LMAO! “Assault weapon” has a POLITICAL DEFINITION ONLY! It has no meaning in historical, military, or engineering terms. By your analogy, ANY weapon that can be found in a nightstand and used to defend a community in a “war zone” could be a “weapon of war.” That has to be the most STUPID comment I have ever read from your collection of STUPID comments.😂

      • D.J. July 29, 2022, 11:37 am

        Arguing with a neo-communist using logic or facts ,
        is a mere waste of one’s time .
        Facts do not register with them , and in fact , discredit
        their arguments . They cannot allow that , and will
        cling to any form of nonsense to maintain an impossible
        position .
        With them it is solely based on emotion and acceptance
        from the fellow members of “ the party “ .
        My hats off to you for the effort , sir , but I fear you are
        “ beating a dead horse “ , and indulging a provocateur .

        • a11four1 July 29, 2022, 8:50 pm

          Well, there’s that. Poor dead horse.
          I think the mental exercise makes it worthwhile. The main reason such a counter faction exists, we failed in not rejecting them earlier; over the lunch counter or ballot box.

    • AK July 29, 2022, 11:53 am

      The bottom line is, the left wants to ban *something.* They care not a whit for lives saved. The left knows that guns are a rallying point for the political right. Remove guns, or make them a rarity in society, and you remove one more point of unity from the political opposition. The added bonus is, you give the government a monopoly on the means of force, so if you want to arrest people for Facebook posts you don’t like, your enforcement thugs have no fear in carrying out the order.

      • D.J. July 29, 2022, 7:48 pm

        Here, here , good sir !

        There is a Patriot that gets it . I salute you , sir .

    • Comanche July 29, 2022, 12:12 pm

      bluedog the PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL MORONIC BEDWETTER has a radical left opinion again! What a surprise!!! And to think he/she could have been aborted…. too late!!!%
      Comanche out

      • Chief July 29, 2022, 4:32 pm

        But is it… too late? Because, that’s one abortion I could support.

      • Jerry July 31, 2022, 7:39 am

        Ya gotta keep in mind, that bluefella, just like youse, owns the right to say any sillyassed thing he wants to. Sure, words have consequences, despite o’bomba’s confusion (just words?/just words!), and while i may not agree with them, i will defend to his death his right to say them. Posterity will read them, and decide re: hindsight, whether it was insightful, inciteful, or of no comic value.

        • Scott August 1, 2022, 10:39 am

          Is our free state secure?

          Defending ignorance, half-truth’s, falsehoods, or lies, is bad policy. Defending those who say them is also bad policy. Instead, let us all vigorously defend what is true and real. Some true things:

          An AR15 is not the equivalent of an M16 or M4.

          Much of current (and proposed) firearms law is unconstitutional.

          The few hundred million average citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, specifically “Weapons of War”, and in particular, for war.

          “Weapons of War” is a very, very, broad category, including things like bricks.

    • Scott August 1, 2022, 10:02 am

      Fallacies aside, this is all prima facie, a weapon used in war is a weapon of war. Use a fist as a starting point and go up the list from there. Now, “updated” definitions pertaining to firearms are doubtless, lies. Consider the source and how it fits into the zeitgeist. Wikipedia is not wholly credible. An AR15 is not now an assault weapon, nor will it actually ever be one in the sense of contemporary conversation, no matter how shrill the demands become that it be. See Britannica (before it is “updated”). M16’s (and variants) and those parts that allow fully automatic fire are very, very, uncommon outside the FFL7/Mil/LEO community and converting an AR15 to function like an M16 can’t be done by just anybody.

      The point is not missed of course, so much as avoided/ignored. Remember always; shall not be infringed. All firearms are arms.

      Ask yourself the following: When can legislature (besides a constitutional amendment) preventing the few hundred million average United States citizens to keep and bear a specific “type” of firearm be accepted as legally (credibly) overruling the 2A? Why or why not is it an infringement? Is/are the answer(s) legal under the constitution? Many firearm’s laws since 1934 are unconstitutional, probably some before then as well. The latest are no different.

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