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H.R.5087 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

To regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe semi-automatic rifles, some pistols, semi automatic shotguns, and ammunition magazines with a capacity larger than 10 rounds should be banned from being sold, transferred, or imported.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe any ban on assault weapons is an infringement upon the second amendment and is unconstitutional. By allowing grandfathered weapons, criminals can still get their hands on an assault rifle.

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 would prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of some semi-automatic weapons, firearms, and ammunition magazines larger than 10 rounds. More specifically, the bill would ban:
- Semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
- Semi-automatic rifles 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 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.

“Pre-banned” assault weapons will be allowed to be “grandfathered” in, although they cannot be transferred or sold in any way.

According to Rep. Cicilline press release, using an assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine in a shooting, increase the number of victims who are killed by 63%. With already more than 8,300 incidents of gun violence so far in 2018, more than 2,200 Americans have lost their lives, including more than 500 children who have been killed or injured.

“Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities,” said sponsor of the bill Rep. Cicilline. “I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.”

As the frequency of mass shootings has increased in recent years, assault weapons have become the weapon of choice for these murderers. Assault weapons were used in attacks on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. Shooters have also used assault weapons to commit mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

Second amendment enthusiasts argue that since grandfathered assault weapons will be available, criminals can hypothetically get their hands on one of them, rendering the ban ineffective.

The NRA says that “any measure that preserves the ability of criminals to access guns while restricting the access of law-abiding Americans is a measure that fundamentally impairs the very purpose of the Second Amendment,” calling the measure an “infringement on individual liberty.”


Sponsored by: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 176 Dem.

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