House Democrats are bringing the Assault Weapons Ban back.
This time they want to add a few tweaks to it.
U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-RI, recently introduced H.R 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. Cicilline is not alone as 190 co-sponsors from his party have joined him in pushing this piece of gun control legislation forward.
Guns.com provided a sobering breakdown of what this latest gun grab entails.
For a start, the bill would “would bar the importation, production, or transfer of 205 firearms by name to include a myriad of semi-auto AR-15 and AK-47 variants.” Beyond that, “any semi-auto rifle with a detachable magazine and any “military-style feature” such as a barrel shroud, pistol grip or threaded barrel” would also fall under the ban. Semi-auto rifles with a fixed magazine “capable of holding more than 10 rounds” would also face the wrath of this ban.
A companion bill in the Senate, which seasoned gun controller Dianne Feinstein introduced in January, has similar language This version of the AWB includes a “nationwide ban on adjustable stocks, Thordsen-style stocks such as used in “featureless rifles” marketed in states like California, “assault pistols” that weight more than 50 ounces when unloaded, and popular pistol stabilizing braces that have become widespread in recent years.” This bill has 28 co-sponsors so far, which are all Democrats.
The latest iteration of the AWB is just a sneak preview of the slew of gun control that has oozed out of Congress. Although the AWB has a small chance being signed into law, anti-gun Democrats understand that it’s a conversation starter.
The original Assault Weapons Ban was signed during the Clinton Administration in 1994 and expired during the Bush administration in 2004.
Despite warnings from gun controllers that crime would soar after the AWB expired, murder rates actually decreased by 3.6 percent from 2003 to 2004. However, this decline was no isolated trend. From 1993 to 2013, gun ownership per person increased by 56 percent, while gun violence dropped by 49 percent. Additionally, homicide rates hit a 51-year low in 2014.
At the end of the day, “assault weapon” is a politically invented term that is meant to arouse fear among the general public. Although so-called “assault weapons” like the AR-15 appear like fully automatic rifles, they actually function closer to handguns in terms of fire settings.
However, perception is reality in politics. Gun control advocates will stretch the truth as much as possible to have their way politically.
For that reason, pro-gun activists must not fall for the “assault weapon” farce.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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