Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Rep. David Cicilline, have both introduced an “assault weapons” ban in their chamber on Thursday due to a “rise in domestic terrorism,” stated Feinstein.
“It’s been 17 years since the original Assault Weapons Ban expired,” Feinstein stated. “When it was in place from 1994-2004, gun massacres declined by 37% compared with the decade before. After the ban expired, the number of massacres rose by 183%. We’re now seeing a rise in domestic terrorism, and military-style assault weapons are increasingly becoming the guns of choice for these dangerous groups.”
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Cicilline, who also stated that assault weapons main purposes are to “kill as many people as possible in as short an amount of time as possible,” argued that “banning these weapons will make our cities and towns safer and more secure and help to reduce gun deaths.”
Gun control measures passed in the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which expands background checks to guns purchased over the internet, passed in a 227-203 vote. Later that day, H.R. 1446, a measure granting authorities 10 business days to complete federal background checks prior to licensure of a gun sale known as the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, passed 219-210.
The bill bans by name more than 200 gun types, including AR-15-style, AK-47 and Uzi models.
If the Senate is able to pass the gun control measures, Joe Biden appears is interested to sign them into law.
“The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to strengthen the Federal gun background check system and take other commonsense steps to reduce gun violence,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement prior to the House votes. “The Administration encourages the House to pass two bills that would help close existing loopholes in the system.”
The House bills would require 60 votes in order to be adopted into the Senate, this means 10 Republicans would need to join all Democrats for the measures to pass.
Sources: The New York Post, ABC, and Fox News; Photo: trendingpolitics.com