July 26, 2022
By The Editors
Last week, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee advanced flawed legislation that would ban the sale of commonly-owned rifles, shotguns, handguns and standard capacity magazines. In addition, the committee also approved legislation to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and to put law enforcement in danger by allowing the public release of sensitive law enforcement data on firearms crime.
This Assault Weapons Ban” of 2022, introduced as H.R. 1808 could be advanced to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives as early as this week. This legislation will severely restrict your Constitutional Right to Bear Arms guaranteed to all U.S. citizen under the 2nd Amendment. It is unclear if Speaker Pelosi has the votes needed to pass the bills at this moment, so it is critical that you call your U.S. Representative TODAY and urge a “NO” vote on H.R. 1808, the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban” of 2022, and H.R. 2814, the so-called “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act."
"The Democrats' bill is going to ban a certain class of firearms from all law-abiding American citizens,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, plain and simple. If this bill becomes law, millions – millions – of firearms that Americans legally own today will become illegal.”
The so-called “Assault Weapons Ban” would make it a crime to import, sell, manufacture, transfer or possess a semiautomatic rifle, as well as magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds. The bill sweeps so broadly that it would also ban a host of commonly-owned hunting and target shooting shotguns. According to the Firearms Policy Coalition, H.R. 1808 would make it illegal for a person to import, sell, manufacture, or transfer the following:
- All semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of the following features: a pistol grip; a forward grip; a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a grenade launcher; a barrel shroud; or a threaded barrel.
- All semi-automatic rifles that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
- Bump stocks and any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle but not convert the rifle into a machinegun under NFA definitions.
- All semi-automatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of the following features: a threaded barrel; a second pistol grip; a barrel shroud; a capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or a semi-automatic version of any automatic firearm.
- All semi-automatic shotguns that have at least one of the following: a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a pistol grip; a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; the ability to accept a detachable magazine; a forward grip; a grenade launcher; or a shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
- Any ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips, drums, etc.) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
While this bill has a "grandfather" clause, allowing for the sale, transfer, or possession of restricted weapons and magazines lawfully possessed before the bill's passage, it would choke off the supply of these items and drive up the cost for future generations of peaceable individuals.
In order to protect your Constitutional Right to Bear Arms as guaranteed under 2nd Amendment, you must reach out to the elected U.S. Representative of your district and demand they vote “No!” on H.R. 1808.
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