Washington, DC –Congressman Bill Keating joined with over 160 Members of the US House to introduce HR 5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, last night.
“I saw far too many families who were victims of gun violence when I was District Attorney, and in the years since, we have all seen far too many school shootings,” said Congressman Keating. “Assault weapons are weapons of war. There is no need for them for personal protection or sport and there is absolutely no need for them in our communities. We know that the previous assault weapons ban, which was allowed to lapse in 2004, helped curb the number of incidents with assault weapons. If we want to tackle this uniquely American epidemic of gun violence, that has to include stopping the sale of these killing machines.”
The Assault Weapons Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
- Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
- Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
- Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
- Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds; and
- 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.
When an assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine is used in a shooting, the number of victims who are killed increases by 63%. There have been over 8,400 incidents of gun violence so far in 2018. More than 2,200 Americans have lost their lives. More than 500 children have been killed or injured.
As the frequency of mass shootings has increased in recent years, assault weapons have become the weapon of choice for these murderers. Assault weapons were used in attacks on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. Shooters have also used assault weapons to commit mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.
Source: Rep. William Keating