It is estimated there are at least 4 million assault weapons in our country, however there are also many definitions of assault weapons. Some people classify assault weapons according to military specifications. To others, all high-powered auto-loading weapons with large capacity magazines are assault weapons. Still others believe an assault weapon is any gun that is not a hunting rifle, shotgun or handgun. Many people have difficulty envisioning practical uses for assault weapons. Since the 1980s however, selling militarized firearms to civilians has been the gun industryâ€™s main marketing strategy. Called â€œmodern sporting riflesâ€ by manufacturers, these weapons are the fastest growing segment of the rifleâ€“manufacturing industry, boasting a growth rate of 27%. Although assault weapons have been used for many horrific mass-shootings in our nation, they are used in only about 20% of all gun crime. Supporters claim assault-style weapons are no more or less dangerous than most hunting rifles. Opponents say a semi-automatic weapon is capable of causing much greater carnage than a hunting rifle.
S.150 & H.R.437 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2013
I oppose reforming current assault weapons policy and wish to defeat S.150 & H.R.437
I support banning the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon, including a semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: a pistol grip; a forward grip; a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a grenade or rocket launcher; a barrel shroud; or a threaded barrel; a semiautomatic rife or pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds. A semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: a threaded barrel, a second pistol grip, a barrel shroud; the capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip, or a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. A semiautomatic shotgun that has any one of the following characteristics: a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a pistol grip; a fixed magazine that can accept more than five rounds; the ability to accept a detachable magazine; a forward grip; or a grenade or rocket launcher; a shotgun with a revolving cylinder; all belt-fed semiautomatic firearms; any combination of parts from which any such prohibited firearm can be assembled; and the frame or receiver of a prohibited rifle or shotgun, and wish to pass S.150 & H.R.437