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Ban Assault Weapons

SUMMARY: On January 23, 2023, US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2023.

The proposed bill would make it unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.  Any semiautomatic weapons lawfully owned when the bill becomes law are not banned and you may continue to have them.

The bill, S. 25, seeks “To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.”

Proponents of the bill believe this is a step to help prevent “mass shootings” in schools and other places, which have occurred in the United States and resulted in many deaths at one time. The United States had previously banned these types of weapons and ammunition magazines, which started in 1994 and was sunset after 10 years.

Those opposed, believe a ban impinges on the second amendment and would prove ineffective in preventing criminals or mentally unstable people from obtaining and using these weapons.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Semiautomatic pistols, shotguns, and assault weapons (generally, rifles) would be banned. For women, this means that depending on which state they live in, they may or may not have access to abortions. Some states have outlawed abortion (with various exceptions) while others have continued to allow abortions to be a personal decision.
  • High-capacity ammunition feeding devices are generally banned. There is a long history of federal laws having constitutional superiority over state laws, which means that Congress currently could set national policy for abortions and override any state laws.
  • Current assault weapon owners would be “grandfathered”. The bill introduced by Senator Feinstein would allow legally-owned assault weapons, at the time the bill would go into effect, to be kept by their current owners.

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