Legislation dubbed the ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2021’
Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced a ban on 205 “assault weapons” following Thursday’s House passage of a Democrat gun control bill.
The legislation dubbed the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021” is co-sponsored by 34 Senate Democrats.
The ban would include ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds.
It would also ban ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds.
The ban would allow current owners of “assault weapons” to keep them, but a person must undergo an FBI background check if they are retransferred.
The “Assault Weapons Ban” also bans bump stocks, which have been illegal since March 26, 2019.
Feinstein announced her ban, stating:
“It’s been 17 years since the original Assault Weapons Ban expired, and the plague of gun violence continues to grow in this country.”
“To be clear, this bill saves lives.”
“When it was in place from 1994-2004, gun massacres declined by 37 percent compared with the decade before.”
“After the ban expired, the number of massacres rose by 183 percent.”
The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) issued a report indicating the 1994 “assault weapons” ban did not reduce crime.
“We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence.”
“And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”
The NIJ report continued:
“The ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”
The news comes after lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the bill that criminalizes private gun sales.
Members voted to pass the Democratic Party’s long-sought universal background check gun control legislation on Thursday.
The legislation, H.R. 8, makes it a crime to conduct private gun sales without an FBI background check.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), passed by a vote of 227 to 203.