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House Democrats Push For Ban On Assault Weapons

| by Sean Kelly
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House Democrats are pushing legislation to ban assault weapons.

In response to a string of mass shootings in recent months, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island began a push to renew an assault weapons ban that was originally signed by President Bill Clinton but expired over a decade ago.

The legislation, called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, would see that no new assault weapons are manufactured and that restrictions are placed on the sale of existing ones. Breitbart believed the legislation would be introduced Dec. 16.

“Assault weapons are designed for the sole purpose of killing as many people as quickly as possible,” Cicilline said. 

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“We need to do everything we can to reduce the toll of gun violence by keeping these weapons out of our communities.”

The legislation would make it so that those who already own assault weapons would be allowed to keep them, though they could be penalized for reselling them.

The law would also close what gun control advocates refer to as the “Charleston loophole,” which allows a gun dealer to sell a gun after three days if the FBI does not complete a background check within that time.

The nickname is in reference to Dylann Roof, the man who allegedly killed nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June. He obtained his weapon in that manner.

Sources: The Hill, Breitbart / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons