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S.2095 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2017

To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe that there should be a ban on assault weapons and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that an assault weapon ban would be a direct infringement on gun rights and the 2nd amendment.

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 would make it unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, or process several dozen kind of assault weapons and semi-automatic weapons by name, including the AR-15. The bill would also ban magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and magazines that could be “readily restored, changed, or converted to accept” more than 10 rounds.

The legislation allows those who already own rifles to keep them, although it imposes strict storage requirements whenever the firearm is not within reach of the owner.

Those who “grandfather” in assault weapons cannot allow others to borrow or buy the firearm, unless processed through a dealer. Dealers would be required to document transactions and run a background check every time an assault weapon is processed.

“Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?” says Sponsor of the bill Senator Feinstein. “These weapons are not for hunting deer - they're for hunting people.”

According to an article from the NRA-ILA, the lobbying arm of the NRA, a “congressionally-mandated study of the federal “assault weapon ban” of 1994-2004 found that the ban had little, if any, impact on crime, in part because “the banned guns were never used in more than a modest fraction” of firearm related crime.” The NRA-ILA continues, stating that the legislation does nothing more but restrict law-abiding Americans’ access to firearms and magazines that are commonly owned for lawful self-defense.


Sponsored by: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 28 Dem / 1 Ind.

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