Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) proposed a ban on 205 “assault weapons” after the House passed a Democrat gun control bill on Thursday.
The bill, known as the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” has the support of 34 Senate Democrats. It also bans ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds.
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Present owners of “assault weapons” will be able to keep them, but if they are sold, the individual purchasing the firearm will have to go through an FBI background check.
Bump stocks, which have been illegal since March 26, 2019, are also prohibited under her “Assault Weapons Ban.”
Feinstein’s ban was announced with the following statement:
The initial Assault Weapons Ban expired 17 years ago, and the country’s gun violence epidemic continues to worsen. This bill, to be clear, saves lives. Between 1994 and 2004, the number of gun massacres fell by 37% compared to the previous decade. The number of massacres increased by 183 percent after the ban was lifted.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the Department of Justice, on the other hand, recently released a study claiming that the 1994 “assault weapons” ban did not reduce violence.
According to the Washington Times, NIJ report author and University of Pennsylvania professor Christopher Koper said, “We cannot explicitly credit the ban with some of the nation’s recent decline in gun violence.” There has been no discernible drop in the lethality or injuriousness of gun violence.”
“The ban’s impact on gun violence are likely to be small at best, and even too small for accurate measurement,” the NIJ study continued.