The House just barely passed a bill to ban assault weapons in a squeaker of a vote, 217-213, on Friday.
It was scheduled at the last minute, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had originally said that it would be scheduled for next month.
While most Republicans lined up against it, Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) crossed the aisle and supported it, while five Democrats voted against it — Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).
The bill is ridiculous — targeting AR-15s and things that look “scary” to Democrats, the Hill reports:
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The assault weapons ban legislation, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and co-sponsored by 207 voting Democrats, specifically calls for prohibiting the sale, manufacture, transfer or import of various semi-automatic assault weapons, semi-automatic pistols and semi-automatic shotguns, depending on their features.For example, all semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines and have a pistol grip, a forward grip, a grenade launcher, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding, telescoping or detachable stock are subject to the ban.
Semi-automatic assault rifles with fixed magazines that can accept more than 15 rounds are subject to the ban would also be prohibited under the legislation, except those with an attached tubular device that can only hold .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
It’s likely to die in the Senate because of strong opposition-and that’s making our friend, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) very unhappy.
They did manage to pass a red flag law bill in June, but this bill is unlikely to gain the bipartisan support that that bill had-and that was bad enough.
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