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Assault Weapons Ban

Submitted by ub on Wed, 08/07/2019 - 11:16

The semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns that are able to accept detachable magazines and possess one or more additional features are said to be assault weapons.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 expired in 2004. Attempts to renew this ban have failed, as have attempted to pass a new ban, such as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.

Seven U.S. states have assault weapons bans: three were enacted before the 1994 federal ban and four more passed before the federal ban expired. The majority of states, forty-three, have no assault weapons ban, although two, Minnesota and Virginia, have the training and background check requirements for purchasers of assault weapons that are more stringent than those for ordinary firearms.

While there are no statewide assault weapon bans in Colorado and Illinois, local bans exist in certain cities or counties in each of these states. In 2018, most Americans supported a ban on assault weapons, according to polls. There are many opinions on the issue of handguns in #USA, which has the largest amount of firearms per capita.

Are conservatives and liberals embracing the idea of banning assault weapons? There appears to be no interest in taking away weapons from people who hunt animals as a sport or to keep guns for self-defense, but not to hurt other human beings.

Republican congressman representing Dayton says he supports assault weapon ban https://fxn.ws/2YNw4JR

The Post urges Trump to take action on assault weapons https://nypost.com/2019/08/04/the-post-says-ban-assault-weapons-now/?ut…

Biden says he's coming for assault weapons, as 2020 Democrats urge new ban in wake of shootings https://fxn.ws/33bczyp

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey said guns described as assault weapons are "no more powerful than regular hunting rifles” and that he wouldn't support a ban on them because they're popular. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pat-toomey-assault-rifle-ban_n_5d49c99de…