From The Hill:
The legislation, called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, was introduced less than two weeks after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 people dead. The gunman used an AR-15 assault weapon during the shooting, one of the many firearms that would be banned under the bill.
The legislation 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.”
However, the ban wouldn’t apply to semi-automatic weapons that were “lawfully possessed” when the measure went into effect.
The bill also requires the attorney general to create a public record of semiautomatic assault weapons that have been used in crimes. . . .
The new legislation is the latest attempt by Democrats to implement a ban on the guns since the Federal Assault Weapons ban expired in 2004.
First off, let’s end the progressive neo-Marxist left’s bastardization of language. This isn’t an assault weapons ban; it is a semi-automatic weapons ban, and by it, a disarming of America. This is not “gun control;” it is the nullification of our rights under the Second Amendment.
There is a single characteristic that differentiates a military grade “assault” weapon from any civilian weapon, be it semi-automatic (one pull and release for a single round, following which the another round from a magazine is fed into the chamber) or bolt operated. A military grade weapon, such as an M-16 (the similar looking weapon to the AR-15), contains a setting for fully automatic or automatic bursts of multiple rounds — on the M-16, that was 3 rounds, so the soldiers would aim, not pray and spray. If a weapon does not have the capability to fire multiple rounds with a single pull of the trigger, then it is not a military “assault” weapon. It is simply a semiautomatic weapon of the type popular in America since such weapons were first introduced in 1885.
Cicilline’s proposed legislation is based on the recent use by a mentally ill teen of an AR15 in a mass murder at a school in Florida. The Armalite (AR) 15 is the single most popular rifle in America. It is used by millions of Americans for defense of home, sport shooting and (reconfigured into higher caliber) hunting. The AR15 is only exceedingly rarely used in criminal acts, let alone murders or mass murders. As John Lott has pointed out, a similar piece of legislation aimed at the AR-15 in 1994 had no measurable positive impact on gun crime or mass shootings. Thus one must immediately suspect that this push to ban “assault” weapons is nothing more than the nose under the tent to disarm law abiding, gun owning Americans and, thereby, nullify the Second Amendment. Molon labe.
I personally do not give a rat’s hind end that the weapon the Florida shooter used against a soft target was an AR-15. The fact that the shooter was able to mass murder inside of a school was a failure of the FBI, a failure of local law enforcement, the cowardly acts of Broward County deputies, and the fact that proggies have screwed our culture on one hand and made our schools into soft targets on the other. The reality is that any semi-automatic weapon would have been as, if not more, effective in that school shooting. To be specific, the AR15, in its base configuration, fires a small caliber .223 round at high velocity. Countless semi-automatic weapons fire a larger bullet at equal or higher velocities which would have been far more destructive in the shooting.
And indeed, the proposed Cicilline law goes far beyond outlawing the AR-15. Virtually every semiautomatic weapon can hold a magazine. It does not matter whether the magazine capacity is 1 bullet, 10 bullets, or 30 bullets, only whether the magazine can fit into the weapon’s magazine receptacle at its mouth. Cicilline would define as an assault weapon any weapon that could accept a magazine holding more than 10 rounds. What a goddamn joke. It would essentially outlaw all semi-automatic rifles, and indeed, make even the transfer of such weapons in a Will illegal. This law could not possibly stand up to a challenge under Heller, or at least it couldn’t unless and until the proggies take control of the Supreme Court and nullify Heller, either directly or by allowing such bans that, in sum, only allow citizens to own muzzle loading smooth bore muskets.
Get ready, America. Our neo-Marxist proggies want to disarm the population, just like all Marxists in history, from Stalin through Hitler and, most recently, Chavez. The wheels of socialism may turn slowly, but they always seem to end at the same blood drenched place, with always a stop along the way to disarm their citizens.