Washington, D.C., July 20, 2022 - Today, Brady applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee for advancing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 (H.R. 1808). Following this important step, Brady urges the full House of Representatives to pass this bill without delay.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Weapons of war have no place in our communities. The House Judiciary Committee recognized that fact today, marking-up a bill to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines for the first time in nearly three decades. Brady urges the House to pass this bill without delay. As we have seen too many times, and searingly at the Fourth of July Parade in Highland Park and at Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana this month, these dangerous weapons are a threat to public safety and fuel this country’s deadliest mass casualty events which have become increasingly common and uniquely American. The House must pass this bill to keep all Americans safe.”
About the Lethality of Assault Weapons:
An analysis of public mass shootings resulting in four or more deaths found that more than 85% of such fatalities were caused by assault rifles
When an assault weapon and/or a high-capacity magazine is used in a public mass shooting, nearly 14 times as many people are injured, and twice as many people are killed.
During the 10-year period the federal assault weapons ban was in effect, mass shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur compared to the periods before and after the ban
After Congress let the ban expire, mass shooting deaths have increased by 347%
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 firearms that can accept a detachable magazine and have specific features that make them more lethal
Semiautomatic firearms that have a fixed magazine of more than 15 rounds.
Any part, or combination of parts, that increases the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm, including bumpstocks
High capacity feeding devices capable of accepting more than 15 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.