Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) formally introduced a bill on Monday to ban assault weapons.
From Cicilline’s webpage
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
· Semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
· Semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
· Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
· Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
· And 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.
As of this morning the full text of the House Resolution is not in the official record however Scribd has what appears to be the text here. It’s 126 pages.
From the surface it looks to prohibit the future transfer of just about every semi-automatic firearm.
The term ‘semiautomatic assault weapon’ means any of the following, regardless of country of manufacture or caliber of ammunition accepted:
(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:
(i) A pistol grip.
(ii) A forward grip.
(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.
(iv) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher.
(v) A barrel shroud.
(vi) A threaded barrel.
(B) A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
(C) Any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semi-automatic rifle into a machinegun.
(D) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:
(i) A threaded barrel.
(ii) A second pistol grip.
(iii) A barrel shroud.
(iv) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
A semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.
(E) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
(F) A semiautomatic shotgun that has any 1 of the following:
(i) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.
(ii) A pistol grip.
(iii) A fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds.
(iv) The ability to accept a detachable magazine.
(v) A forward grip.
(vi) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher.
(G) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
It then lists the 205 specific models banned from sale and transfer. ARs, AKs, SCARs, Tavors, Etc. all on the ban list.
The real insidious language is in the pistol ban.
A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:
(i) A threaded barrel.
Every pistol which has a barrel that can be removed can accept a threaded barrel. That is nearly every modern semi-auto since the 1911.
Good news! So far they are not taking our chainsaw bayonets though, just our stash of rocket launchers. (vi) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher.
There is, of course, a law enforcement and government carve out.
These congressmen do of course support the second amendment so you can keep ones that were legal prior to the enactment of this ban but those guns die with you because they cannot be transferred.
There’s also language for establishing a government database for tracking crimes specifically with assault weapons. The FBI’s UCR is not good enough apparently.
As for the chances of passage. That depends entirely on Republican support. If they cave and give the support it could hit the president’s desk.
If they don’t support it they will be vilified as uncaring NRA pocketed child murder supporters just like anyone who currently owns any of the firearms covered and dares to question the logic or effectiveness of this measure.
It would be ineffective.
Of the hundreds of millions of firearms in circulation today this covers a large percentage and even assuming 100% compliance (an impossibility) this still leaves those millions in private hands for the better part of a century and does nothing against firearms not covered or people who will ignore the law.
When the law is ignored and another headline grabbing mass homicide happens this law and that tragedy can be leveraged for immediate forfeiture of all ‘assault weapons’. Just remember they aren’t coming for your guns, they respect the Second Amendment.
That confiscation would also be ineffective without 100% compliance.
Like I wrote last week. If someone believes private firearms are the problem and are advocating for anything less that a total ban and forfeiture they are either lying or naive.