Washington, D.C., July 15, 2022 - Following the announcement that the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will markup the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 (H.R. 1808), Brady urges the committee to swiftly advance this legislation and for the House of Representatives to pass this bill without delay.

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“The fact that the committee will markup this bill, the first time an assault weapons ban has been marked up in committee in two decades, is both historic and a clear signal that Congress is not slowing down in its efforts to address gun violence. Even though President Biden just signed the first piece of federal gun violence prevention legislation in nearly thirty years, we know there is more work to do and that the American people want more action. The House of Representatives will continue to deliver that action and must pass this ban on assault weapons. Brady urges the committee to swiftly conclude their work and send this bill to the floor for a vote. We need a ban on dangerous weapons of war to stop the kinds of massacres like we saw in Highland Park earlier this month and in hundreds of other mass shootings before it. This is about public safety.”

About H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021:

This law would make it unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, or transfer:

  • All semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine, or a fixed magazine of more than 10 rounds, and specific features that make them more lethal

  • Any part, or combination of parts, that increases the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm, including bumpstocks

  • All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have specific features that make them more lethal

  • All semi-automatic shotguns that have specific components to make them more lethal

  • High capacity feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

Firearms and high capacity magazines manufactured before the date of enactment will remain legal to possess. Individuals are allowed to sell existing assault weapons, but only after the completion of a Brady Background Check, and high capacity magazines may be kept, but can only be transferred to a government buyback program if a person wants to dispose of it.

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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