Washington D.C: California Senator Introduces Bill Banning Assault Weapons
Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic Senator for California, introduced the Assault Weapons Ban Bill to Congress yesterday hours after the House of Representatives passed two new gun control bills.
The so-called Assault Weapons Ban introduces legislation that will ban the “sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines”. According to Senator Feinstein, the Bill comes in response to “a rise in domestic terrorism” where “military-style assault weapons are increasingly becoming the guns of choice.” The Senator for California noted that since the expiry of the original Assault Weapons Ban in 2004 “the number of massacres has risen by 183 percent” and she hoped that the “new administration and Democratic control of the Senate” could “finally pass commonsense gun reforms”.
According to Senator Chris Murphy:
“Military-style assault rifles were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. Period. There is no reason why these weapons should be sold to the public. President Biden ran on passing commonsense legislation to end the gun violence epidemic”.
Legislation in the Bill includes but is not limited to:
The Bill was introduced to the Senate hours after the House passed two Democratic gun control bills. The two Bills will close a loophole in gun law by expanding background checks and give authorities 10 business days for federal background checks to be completed before a gun sale can be licensed.
President Joe Biden is a supporter of tighter gun regulations and has met resistance from the majority of Republicans who strongly oppose gun restrictions as supported in the Second Amendment.