August 3, 2022

House Passes Assault Weapons Ban

  • The Hill

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to pass an assault weapons ban, narrowly approving the bill in a 217-213 vote. H.R. 1808, the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban of 2022” would make it illegal to "knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD)."

The Background:

Prior to the vote Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-North Carolina, declared that “assault weapons” were “the weapons of choice for murderers responsible for America’s deadly mass shootings.”

However, this flies in the face of their own reports. Jacob Sullum from Reason Magazine noted, “According to a recent National Institute of Justice report on public mass shootings from 1966 through 2019, 77 percent of the perpetrators used handguns. About a quarter of the perpetrators used weapons that would be covered by legislation like H.R. 1808.”

Despite Biden’s claim that “the majority of the American people agree with this common sense action,” the polls disagree. According to a Suffolk University poll of registered voters released this week, only 3.4% of voters state that gun control is the most important issue for them leading into midterms. A separate poll released in June showed support for an "assault weapons" ban among registered voters at a record low.

Notable Quotes: 

“This is a bill that destroyed the Democrats in ‘94.” – Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)

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