House Bill Bans Some Assault Rifles

The United States House of Representatives (HOR) has signed legislation that will ban the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles all over the country.

Semi-automatic assault rifles and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices would be illegal under the bill, which was authored by Rhode Island Congressman, David Cicilline. 

The legislation (H.R.1808 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2022) defines semi-automatic assault weapons as rifles, shotguns, pistols that are semi-automatic, can accept a detachable ammo feeding device, and have at least one other military-style characteristic that can make the weapon “particularly dangerous.”

US President Joe Biden celebrated the approval of the legislation in the lower house, deeming guns as “the number one killer of children in America.”

“When more children die from guns than active-duty police and active-duty military combined, we have to act,” said Biden.

The bill was approved by a vote of, 217-213, with two Republicans voting in favor and five Democrats voting against it.

An assault weapons prohibition was previously enacted by former President Bill Clinton in 1994 and expired in 2004.

Numerous studies, including one released in 2019 in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, have demonstrated that the years the ban was in place saw a decrease in the number of fatal mass shootings.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “An assault weapons ban can work because it has worked before.”

However, some types of firearms, such as antiques, rifles and shotguns that are clearly marked with their make and model, as well as weapons that are manually operated in a number of ways, would be exempt from the assault weapons ban.

Biden expressed that the Senate should “move quickly to get this bill to my desk,” and that he would “not stop fighting until it does.”

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