Last Updated on July 31, 2022
Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, which passed the House on Friday in a partisan vote, goes far beyond banning the AR-15 and re-classifies firearms commonly owned by millions of law-abiding American citizens as assault weapons. The legislation represents the biggest attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights in history and dwarfs the 1994 weapons ban, championed by then-Senator Joe Biden, which expired in 2004. Studies into that legislation have shown it to have had virtually zero impact on stemming gun deaths, merely acting as an aide in disarming law-abiding Americans.
HR 1808, which Democrats are calling the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, passed through the House of Representatives on Friday by a hyperpartisan vote of 217-213. In the process, five Democrats broke with their party to oppose to the gun ban, and two Republicans, Chris Jacobs of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, stood with Democrats to support it. Following the vote, Jacobs and Fitzpatrick were eviscerated by the American Firearms Association, who called them “traitors” and accused them of driving “a knife into the backs of the people who voted them into office.”
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While corporate media and Democrat politicians have sold the legislation as a ban on “military-style assault weapons,” HR 1808 goes far beyond targetting America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15, and reclassifies a host of other commonly owned firearms as “assault weapons,” some by name and others by criteria, exercising a sweeping ban on semi-automatics.
Also included in the legislation, introduced by anti-gun Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline, are bans on semiautomatic pistols and shotguns.
Though the United States Supreme Court has stated multiple times that the 2nd Amendment protects firearms that are “in common use,” the Democrat legislation openly states that its direct purpose is “to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited.”
According to the NRA, whose legal team has studied the bill at length, “despite the bill’s use of the term ‘assault weapon’ – it does not target obscure firearms, firearms that are favored by criminals but not law-abiding citizens, firearms that are over-represented in crime, or firearms that are fielded by modern military forces. Rather, it goes after the very types of rifles, in particular, that are most often chosen by Americans for defense of their homes, their families, and their properties.”
Joe Biden says that he will sign the bill, which represents the biggest federal attack on the 2nd Amendment in American history, should it make it to his desk for signature, but it faces an uphill climb in the Senate. There, Democrats will need the support of 10 Republicans to break a filibuster.