Democrats in the U.S. House kicked off the week with a new effort to ban a wide range of popular firearms from civilian ownership.
The legislation, known as H.R.5087, was proposed by U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and joined by 164 co-sponsors, all democrats. It would not only revive the expired federal ban on “assault weapons”, but would expand its scope.
The bill would ban the importation, production, or transfer of 205 firearms by ahem to include many AR-15 and AK-47 variants. It also covers any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine and any “military-style feature,” which the bill names, like barrel shrouds, pistol grips, or threaded barrels.
When it comes to shotguns, any semi-auto with any of these features or the capability to hold more than five shells would be banned.
Rifles, other than .22s, with internal mags capable of holding more than 10 rounds would be banned.
Threaded barrels on handguns would be forbidden, which essentially means handgun suppressors would be indirectly banned. Any pistol with a magazine well located anywhere but in the grip would be banned, so that covers all AR pistols.
Belt-fed semi-auto firearms, which are almost entirely expensive niche guns owned by collectors, would be outlawed.
But that’s not all. There is also language in the bill that would ban bump stocks and all detachable magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
“It would authorize federal funding through Byrne grants for “buy back” programs to purchase unwanted newly classified assault weapons and magazines from the public. Those with grandfathered items would be licensed under the act, with fees set by the Justice Department, and could only transfer them to another individual with a license or to a gun dealer. Grandfathered magazines would have to be dated prior to the act becoming effective.”
So prepare for a run on pretty much every magazine on the market.
Currently, the bill has been referred to the Republican-controlled House Committee on the Judiciary.
Republicans hold a commanding 238-193 majority in the chamber and Speaker Paul Ryan would have to allow a floor vote on the measure—and that’s if it gets out of the Republican-controlled committee.
Ryan has repeatedly stated that gun bans have not proven themselves to useful in the past.
You can read the entire text of the proposed gun ban bill here, though you might want to keep an eye on your blood pressure.