House Democrats decided they haven’t gone far enough when it comes to attacking Americans’ Second Amendment rights and once again are comingfor our guns.
On Wednesday, July 20th, the House Judiciary Committee will markup H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, and H.R. 2814, the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act. H.R. 1808 would ban AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles, which are among the most popular firearms being sold today, with nearly 20 million in circulation as of late 2020. H.R. 2814 would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which was enacted in 2005 with broad bipartisan support, to protect the firearms industry from frivolous and politically-motivated lawsuits.
Assault Weapons Ban Fast Facts
AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic, a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
A Department of Justice assessment on renewing the prior federal law banning categories of semi-automatic firearms and limiting magazine capacity determined that the “impact on gun violence is likely to be small at best, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”
The RAND Corporation conducted a comprehensive survey of existing, high quality literature on the effects of various gun control measures and concluded there was no reliable evidence that magazine capacity limits or bans on categories of semi-automatic firearms have a beneficial effect on reducing violent crime generally or mass shootings in particular.
The DOJ’s annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) consistently showsthat murders from all rifles – not just semi-automatics – are less than that of murders committed with knives, clubs and fists.
Even the left-leaning Politifact rated this comparison “Mostly True” after parsing the data.
GUN OWNERS BY THE NUMBERS:
The Biden administration is ignoring the fact that Americans – of all races, creeds, colors and all walks of life – are purchasing firearms in record numbers.
Over 14 million Americans purchased a firearm for the first time in 2020 and 2021.
Background checks for the sale of a gun shattered previous records in 2020 at over 21 million, and another 18.5 million were completed in 2021.