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Banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines is a common-sense solution to address our nation’s gun violence crisis.
Our nation’s combat veterans and our nation’s children should not be able to share war stories, and yet the devastating reality is that civilians, including children, have been gunned down over and over in communities across the country with weapons designed for war zones.
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Aurora. Sandy Hook. San Bernardino. Orlando. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Rancho Tehama. Parkland. El Paso. Buffalo. Uvalde. Highland Park. Colorado Springs. Monterey Park. Nashville. Cleveland, TX. Since the federal assault weapon ban expired in 2004, there have been more than 32 public mass shootings with these weapons — resulting in hundreds killed, thousands injured, and millions impacted. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Mass shootings are a uniquely American problem facilitated by easy access to weapons of war. These weapons are uniquely lethal, designed to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. A ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines is a common-sense solution that has broad support from the American public.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT ASSAULT WEAPONS
Assault weapons refers to semi-automatic guns designed for military use and quick, efficient killing. The term was coined and promoted by the firearm industry as a way of marketing and selling military-style firearms. These weapons are uniquely lethal because of their rapid rate of fire and high muzzle velocity. Assault weapons are often coupled with large-capacity magazines, which are typically defined as any magazine or drum that holds upwards of 10 or 15 rounds of ammunition, allowing numerous gunshots without the need to reload.
Military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines exist to enact maximum destruction and are not effective tools for hunting or home protection. These weapons simply have no place in civilian life.
In shootings where assault weapons or large-capacity magazines are used, 155% more people are shot and 47% more people are killed.
In 1994, Congress enacted a federal assault weapons ban and it was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Despite efforts by lawmakers and advocates, the federal assault weapon ban expired on September 13, 2004. Evidence shows that assault weapon bans work.
In the decade after the ban expired, there was a staggering 183% increase in massacres and a 239% increase in fatalities.
Gun violence prevention advocates, including lawmakers, have worked diligently to pass a federal assault weapon ban since its expiration. The Assault Weapon Ban of 2023 (H.R. 698/S.25) was introduced in Congress by Rep. Cicilline and Sen. Feinstein in early 2023.