124 Anti-gun Democrats Introduce New Gun/Magazine Ban in House of Representatives

Assault Weapons Ban
Assault Weapons Ban
NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- On December 16, Rep. David Cicilline and 123 other Democrat members of the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 4269, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, a bill virtually identical to S. 150, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in the Senate in 2013.

For the moment, the ban has little chance of passing. Feinstein’s legislation was defeated in 2013, no similar legislation was even considered in the House at that time, and Feinstein’s two attempts to push the ban this year—most recently after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino—failed as well.

However, things could change in 2016. The leading contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, is campaigning on the most anti-gun platform of any candidate in American presidential history. Meanwhile, though the leading candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination are far friendlier to the Second Amendment than Clinton, support has not yet galvanized behind the one who will ultimately be selected to carry the party’s banner going into Election Day.

It is important to note that H.R. 4269, like other federal “assault weapon” bills introduced over the last decade, would not “reinstate” the federal “assault weapon ban” of 1994-2004. Gun control supporters have been using the word “reinstate” to mislead the American people into thinking they are proposing to renew the ban that expired in 2004. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

The 1994 ban allowed manufacturers to produce AR-15s without flash suppressors and one or two other external attachments, and to make similar adjustments to other firearms. As a result, the number of AR-15s made and sold during the 10 years the ban was in effect was a quarter of a million greater than the number produced and sold during the preceding 10 years. Additionally, 50 million magazines capable of holding over 10 rounds were allowed to be imported while the ban was in effect. CBS 60 Minutes reported that the first year of the “ban” was “the best year for the sales of assault weapons ever.”

For these reasons, the Violence Policy Center, which in 1988 urged anti-gun activists to focus on “assault weapons” as a “new topic” to “strengthen the handgun restriction lobby,” described the 1994 ban as a “fictional ban,” “a ban in name only . . . [and a] “charade.”

The new ban proposed in H.R. 4269 is another story. It would prohibit the manufacture of most detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles, numerous semi-automatic shotguns configured for defensive purposes, any semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine over 10 rounds (except for a tubular magazine .22), any semi-automatic pistol like the HK SP-89, any semi-automatic pistol with a fixed magazine over 10 rounds, revolving cylinder shotguns, various other named and described firearms, frames and receivers of banned guns, and ammunition magazines over 10 rounds, except those for tubular .22 rimfire rifles.

Two weeks ago, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that the American people oppose an “assault weapon” ban by a 53%-45% margin. Presumably, if the American people knew the vast differences between the 1994 ban and the one currently being proposed, that margin would widen considerably.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and express your opposition to H.R. 4269. You can call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121 or write your lawmakers here: https://www.nraila.org/take-action/write-your-lawmakers/

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Deadeye
Deadeye
5 years ago

We also have to remember all those sheeple that decided not to VOTE in the last election , because they didn’t like Mitt Romney..I didn’t care for him that much but I knew what another obummer term would be like..”If you are not part of the Solution, You are part of the Problem.” Those folks that don’t vote are Zero’s. The hundreds of thousands of Proud Americans that fought and died for our Rights must be rolling in their graves..These ZERO’s should not be allowed to live here..Go live in Iran or North Korea..I’ve heard their arguments, that the system… Read more »

Joe L.
Joe L.
5 years ago

Moderates are fence sitters. They don’t have the balls to stand up and believe in anything. I have little respect for those who call themselves “moderates ” like they have something over us that believe in a value system of freedom and honor.

Deadeye
Deadeye
5 years ago

Don’t bother with JohnC..He is just a liberal Troll who is looking to get us Patriots cranked up..Any on the Rebublican stage is a hoot better than hillary the dishonest candidate, but Cruz, Carson, and Trump are the most honest ones..In that order..Not bought and paid for by the establishment..Any politician who does not protect the Second Amendment, will not protect the rest of our sacred Constitution..

TRUTH BE TOLD
TRUTH BE TOLD
5 years ago

Johnc spoken like a true liberal……

robert
robert
5 years ago

hillary is a pathetic liar bernie is a communist who do you suggest.you suggest we allow our country to be invaded by syrians? do you wish to fund them and house them? we cant even help our veterans? who are killing themselfs or waiting just to see a doctor i know my father and mother were both veterans.we can give our old people a raise because gas is cheap they dont eat gas.half dont even drive at all.name one thing mr.obama has done for america one thing you wont there is nothing to name.cost on everything is through the roof… Read more »

JohnC
JohnC
5 years ago

Frank LTD, although your expression for the dislike of Secretary Clinton is a bit severe, I agree that another choice for President might be better. But not if it is either Senator Cruz or Mr. Trump. All of you reading this need to think about your votes going forward. I am not the only moderate gun owner and voter that cannot conscience either of the Republican frontrunners at this time. They are as radical as Mrs. Clinton in their beliefs and I think even more dangerous to our nation. A true hardcore Right winger or the belligerent loudmouth Trump are… Read more »

Frank L.T.D.(lazytruckdriver)
Frank L.T.D.(lazytruckdriver)
5 years ago

I DON’T THINK THIS H.R.4269, WILL MAKE ANY HEADWAY, BUT !!!!! IF THE “” QUEEN BIOCH?”” GETS IN 1600, ALL!!! BETS!!! ARE!!! OFF!!!. TALK TO YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. CO-WORKERS, ANYBODY THAT WILL LISTEN ,GO- GO – & VOTE!!!!!!! SHE CAN’T WAIT TIL SHE CAN GET HER HANDS ON THE “” 2ND.”” WHEN SHE’S THROUGH W/ IT NOTHING WILL B LEFT OF IT!!!!!!! .
I’D WANT TO NO WHO’S!!!!! BEHIND THIS H.R.????