House Judiciary legislators plan to review legislation next week banning certain semiautomatic firearms. Democrats admit that it is unlikely to become law.
The new bill to ban assault weapons, which was introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (Rhode Island Democrat), does not require confiscation of firearms. However, the legislation would prohibit the manufacture or sale new weapons.
The proposal would prohibit the import, sale, manufacturing, and transfer of certain semi-automatic rifles.
Mr. Cicilline has 211 bill co-sponsors. None of them are Republicans. The Judiciary Committee will mark it up on Wednesday.
But Sen. Jon Cornyn, Texas Republican who led the GOP side of negotiations on a significant gun-control measure signed into law by President Biden last month, has indicated that Republicans have no more plans to take up new gun control legislation in the 50-50 Senate.
House Judge Jerry Nadler stated to The Washington Times that he believes that the bill will be passed in the House. However, the measure will remind voters that Democrats are determined to get the ban to President Biden.
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“He said that it was something that should be passed. To approve such a ban, Mr. Nadler stated that voters must elect more Democrats to the Senate.
Mr. Nadler stated that polls showed that gun control including an assault weapons ban is popular and Democrats should not worry about supporting it.
According to a Gallup poll released last month, support for an assault weapons ban among Americans had dropped to 55% since August 2019. The dip is owed mainly to a 12-point decline among Republicans, who did not support gun control measures as much during 2020.
The Associated Press conducted a poll on support for the measure in May, the same weekend of the deadly mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and 51% favored a nationwide ban.
” The American people are in favor of Congress making steps to increase their safety and address the violence that is occurring across the country, said Rep. Hakeem Jeffreys (New York Democrat). “No one can be safe unless everyone is safe. Therefore, I believe that dealing with the assault weapons ban is a suitable next step .
But Kevin McCarthy (California Republican) laughed at the idea, saying that Democrats continue to play politics.
” They just want to move it,” he stated. It’s something you have seen time after time in the House. They’re just going to play politics .
The proposed legislation is similar to what was passed nearly 30 years ago. Democratic House and Senate majorities enacted an assault weapons ban in 1994, signed by President Bill Clinton, but the measure had a 10-year sunset provision. The legislation was canceled by the Republicans who held majority in both chambers of 2004,.
The House Democrats’ decision to ban assault guns comes after President Biden last month signed important gun control legislation that contained the strongest new restrictions in firearm ownership since decades.
This bill created background checks that included juvenile criminal records. It also increased spending on mental healthcare and provided incentives for states adopting “red flag” laws, which allow the authorities to seize guns from dangerous people.
Mr. Biden signed the new gun bill within days of a man firing on a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb, killing seven people and wounding at least 46 others.
Democrats lamented the legislation did not do enough in the wake of several mass shootings, including the racially-motivated attack in Buffalo, New York, that killed 10 Black people, and a shooter at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, who killed 19 children and two teachers.