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house Bill H.R. 5087

Should Semi-Automatic “Assault Weapons” be Banned?

Argument in favor

Semi-automatic assault weapons like the AK-47 and AR-15 style rifles and pistols available to Americans are weapons of war that far exceed what’s needed for self defense and should be banned. Keeping these dangerous guns off our streets will curb the epidemic of gun violence without infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

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03/02/2018
No civilian should own military grade weapons! They serve no purpose other than to kill. You don't need it for hunting and you definitely don't need it for protecting your home.
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CarlF41's Opinion
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03/02/2018
There is no legitimate reason for any civilian to own an assault rifle designed to kill or maim humans in war
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Hillary's Opinion
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03/02/2018
These weapons have no purpose other than to kill people. Do you think you can walk into Cabellas and buy the lethal injection cocktail? Is it reasonable to go to a department store and buy unlimited quantities of potassium cyanide? Should it not be as alarming to watch someone walk down the street with an AK- rifle as it is alarming to watch someone walk down the street with a giant knife? Buying weapons of murder should be a highly regulated and rare occurrence.
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Argument opposed

Preventing law-abiding citizens from owning many common varieties of semi-automatic rifles and handguns undermines their Second Amendment right to self defense, as criminals will obtain more powerful weapons illegally. Efforts to prevent gun violence should focus on improving background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.

Johnny's Opinion
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03/02/2018
This is another unconstitutional act against the Second Amendment. If i can go to war to kill and die for my country i should 100% be allowed to keep my rifles. This issue isn't about semi-automatic rifles its about the people. These rifles protect far more then they can harm, this only going to take the rifles away from the law abiding citizens who will need them.
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JTJ's Opinion
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03/02/2018
This one is funny, you Democrats are very entertaining. I especially like how none of you who are voting yes for this bill even took the time to read it.
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Dan's Opinion
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03/02/2018
Absolutely not. I do not see how supporters of this bill can honestly say how this does not violate the Second Amendment. Please vote down this bill.
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  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 26th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5087?

This bill — the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 — would ban the “sale, transfer, production, and importation” of all semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic pistols with magazines that are either detachable or carry more than 10 rounds, and shotguns with a revolving cylinder. It would ban all AK-47 and AR-15 style rifle and pistol variants in addition to dozens of other firearms, along with devices (such as bump stocks) which accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle, and belt-fed semi-automatic firearms. Additionally, it would ban large capacity feeding devices which individually or coupled with another increase the capacity of the gun to more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

It would be unlawful for an individual to keep a grandfathered semi-automatic assault weapon that they believe will be accessible to someone prohibited by from possessing a firearm, unless the individual has it locked in secure storage or is carrying it on their person. Before a grandfathered semi-automatic weapon could be transferred to an unlicensed person, the buyer would have to undergo a background check. A background check wouldn’t be required for buyers to temporarily examine the firearm. If a prohibited person purchases or attempts to purchase a grandfathered firearm, it would be reported to the nearest FBI field office, plus the state and local law enforcement agencies.

DOJ’s Byrne grants could be used for programs to buy back semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices that are prohibited by this bill. Any semi-automatic assault weapons or large capacity ammunition feeding devices used in a crime would be subject to seizure and forfeiture. They would be returned if the owner is acquitted, the charges are dismissed, or the restraining order against them expires.

Firearms that are manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action would be exempted, as would permanently inoperable and antique firearms. Additionally, semi-automatic rifles that are designed to accept and can only operate with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition would be exempt.

This bill also contains a severability clause, so that if any provision of the bill is found to be unconstitutional the remainder of it would be unaffected.

Impact

People who would buy semi-automatic assault weapons banned by this legislation; people who own semi-automatic assault weapons that would be grandfathered under this bill; law enforcement agencies at all levels of government; courts; and the DOJ.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5087

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Cicilline (D-CT) introduced this bill to ban semi-automatic assault weapons:

“Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities. I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) pushed back on the notion of such a ban:

“We shouldn’t be banning guns for law-abiding citizens. We should be focused on making sure those who shouldn’t get guns don’t get guns. We want to listen to kids but want to protect people’s due process rights while making sure people who shouldn’t get guns don’t get them.”

This legislation has the support of 167 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: artas / iStock)

AKA

Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

Official Title

To regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons, and for other purposes.

    No civilian should own military grade weapons! They serve no purpose other than to kill. You don't need it for hunting and you definitely don't need it for protecting your home.
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    Leave the 2nd amendment alone!
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    This is another unconstitutional act against the Second Amendment. If i can go to war to kill and die for my country i should 100% be allowed to keep my rifles. This issue isn't about semi-automatic rifles its about the people. These rifles protect far more then they can harm, this only going to take the rifles away from the law abiding citizens who will need them.
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    This one is funny, you Democrats are very entertaining. I especially like how none of you who are voting yes for this bill even took the time to read it.
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    Absolutely not. I do not see how supporters of this bill can honestly say how this does not violate the Second Amendment. Please vote down this bill.
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    There is no legitimate reason for any civilian to own an assault rifle designed to kill or maim humans in war
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    The second amendment is non negotiable and our right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!! There’s no gray area!!!
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    These weapons have no purpose other than to kill people. Do you think you can walk into Cabellas and buy the lethal injection cocktail? Is it reasonable to go to a department store and buy unlimited quantities of potassium cyanide? Should it not be as alarming to watch someone walk down the street with an AK- rifle as it is alarming to watch someone walk down the street with a giant knife? Buying weapons of murder should be a highly regulated and rare occurrence.
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    The second amendment doesn’t talk about self defense or hunting, it talks about militias, and simi-automatic rifles are militia quality. So I don’t mind if we end up banning them, I live in California so that’s already my reality, but let’s not pretend that it doesn’t infringe on the second amendment.
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    Please do not do this. It is the first step in a outright gun ban.
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    These are not assault weapons. They fire the same caliber and at the same rate as other semi automatic rifles. The only different is cosmetic. They just look like military weapons. But they are not. Banning these would violate the second amendment.
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    Why on earth would I not want one I my hands to protect my family When Obama admin and holder sent these weapons to Mexican drug cartel and idiots want open borders? Seriously? And I’m supposed to call 911 and wait? No thank you I’ll keep my 2A. All you liberals need to stop being so emotional and start using your brains. The government isn’t going to come help you when you need them why would you want their help anyway.
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    This would be an Infringement on our Inalienable Constitutional Right!
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    Nobody needs one of these to hunt or protect themselves. Get them off our streets. Now.
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    THIS BILL IS LUDICROUS! A direct violation of the 2nd amendment. This would effectively ban ALL GUNS. Nearly ever gun made is semi-automatic. Even a revolver could be considered a semi-automatic. This would destroy the rights of 330 million Americans who did nothing wrong, and it would change nothing and prevent nothing. Nobody seems to care about the 1.5 million people who defend their lives with guns ever year. Many of them women. Their lives don’t seem to be important to the anti-gun advocates. Lastly, “Assault Weapon” is a made up term to scare people. We’re banning something because it looks scary. ??? Really! For all the morons who ask why someone needs or should have a rifle that “looks” like a military weapon. I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS YOUR JOB TO DECIDE WHAT OTHER AMERICANS NEED!
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    They’re not military grade weapons!!! People need to educate yourself!
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    These are tools designed to kill the maximum number of people as fast as possible. They can not be freely distributed.
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    I support the second amendment and it’s purpose, however it needs restriction. No one needs these highly powerful weapons.
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    This is unconstitutional. I read the bill last night. They cannot say
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    This goes against the 2nd amendment and anyone voting for it have forgotten there oath to the constitution
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