123 House Democrats back sweeping assault weapons ban [VIDEO]
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 was introduced to the U.S. House on Wednesday with the immediate backing of almost a third of sitting lawmakers in the chamber.
Introduced by Rhode Island Democrat David N. Cicilline, the measure aims to prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of new semi-automatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns capable of holding more than a 10-round magazine or with a single “military-style” feature.
Cicilline contends the Second Amendment is not unlimited and argues the firearms covered by the legislation are the weapons of choice for mass murder.
“Since 2011, the frequency of mass shootings has increased by a factor of three. And according to one study, more than half of all mass shooters used an assault weapon, a gun with a military-style feature, or a high-capacity magazine. The sole purpose of these types of weapons is to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” said Cicilline in a statement.
“It is unconscionable that we continue to allow military-style weapons to be bought and sold while mass shootings are growing more common. This bill is an important first step that will restore some sanity to the way we treat guns in the United States,” he continued.
Cicilline’s proposal, entered as H.R.4269 on Dec. 16, had 123 co-sponsors on its first day. These lawmakers – all Democrats – include 45 from California and New York, both states with their own restrictive local bans on guns classified there as assault weapons.
Under its guidelines, the new measure is more prohibitive than the original 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban that expired a decade ago. It would add 157 firearms identified by name to that list’s 660 restricted guns.