Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., every launched an “assault weapons” ban of their chamber on Thursday amid a “rise in home terrorism,” in Feinstein’s phrases.
“It’s been 17 years for the reason that authentic Assault Weapons Ban expired,” Feinstein stated in a assertion. “When it was in place from 1994-2004, gun massacres declined by 37% in contrast with the last decade earlier than. After the ban expired, the variety of massacres rose by 183%. We’re now seeing an increase in home terrorism, and military-style assault weapons are more and more turning into the weapons of alternative for these harmful teams.”
The invoice would ban the sale, manufacture, switch, and importation of greater than 200 “military-style assault weapons” recognized by title, though homeowners can be allowed to maintain current weapons. The invoice would additionally require background checks on any future purchases, trades or gifting of an assault weapon included within the invoice.
Feinstein and Cicilline referenced the Dayton, Ohio, capturing that left 9 individuals lifeless in 2019. The shooter had a 100-round journal.
“Assault weapons are designed for a single objective – to kill as many individuals as potential in as quick an period of time as potential. That’s why they’re the weapon of alternative for mass shooters and home terrorists. They’re weapons of conflict and don’t belong in our communities,” Cicilline stated in a press release.
The proposed ban would ban magazines and different ammunition feeding gadgets capable of maintain greater than 10 rounds of ammunition, however homeowners can be allowed to maintain current magazines.
The ban has the help of quite a few Democratic lawmakers, together with Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, in addition to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.