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Call to Action: Oppose the New “Assault Weapons” Ban

It’s time for yet another call to action for all 2nd Amendment supporters, on top of the recent call to action about the bump stock ban. Since the bump stock ban has stalled out at the national level, the anti-gun movement is just going straight for an all out “assault weapons” ban. This time, the anti-gunner’s definition of an “assault weapon” is extremely broad and will essentially ban all semi auto rifles with a box magazine.

Assault Weapon Ban 2017 does not have an official name or number at this time. But key provisions in this proposed bill are the following:

  • Bans by name the sale, manufacture, and transfer of 205 “military-style assault weapons”
  • Bans any “assault weapon” that accepts a detachable box magazine and has one or more “military” characteristics, such as a barrel shroud, forward grip, pistol grip, threaded barrel, or folding or telescoping stock
  • Bans magazines and ammunition feeding devices that carry more than 10 rounds
  • Grandfathers existing weapons, but prevents the sale of new weapons
  • Requires a background check on the transfer of any weapon covered by the bill
  • Grandfathered “assault weapons” must be stored in a secured manner
  • Bans bump stocks and other devices intended to simulate full auto fire
  • and much more

Reading the bill makes it abundantly obvious the authors have little understanding of firearms and bans things based on buzz words. For example, a barrel shroud does nothing but keep shooters from burning themselves on hot barrels. It’s also obvious that they realize banning these guns won’t do anything, since it doesn’t include any confiscation, simply the banning of future “assault weapons.” Since there are 400-600 million firearms in America, this ban won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

The bill does exempt weapons for hunting, even though the 2nd Amendment isn’t about hunting, and many of the weapons she wants to ban are commonly used in hunting.

An “assault weapon” ban does nothing to stop mass shootings

“We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason, so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote.” -Senator Feinstein

They believe that banning their definition of “assault weapons” will magically stop mass shootings, even though mass shootings happened during the previous assault weapon ban from 1994, which sunset in 2004. Remember the Columbine shooting? That took place during the previous AWB in America. France virtually outlaws firearms, but the 2015 Paris attack claimed more victims than America’s Las Vegas shooting. There are also plenty of tools other than firearms that can create mass destruction. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing used a homemade bomb and had over 1,000 victims. The 2016 Nice, France truck attack had over 500 victims.

Banning one inanimate object won’t magically stop terrorist attacks.

Firearms stop more crime than they create

The recent CDC study shows us that guns are used 300,000 times a year in crime. But firearms are used in lawful self defense 500,000 to 3,000,000 times a year. The mainstream media portrays firearms only as tools of crime, but ignores self defense incidents and ignores any data that shows to the contrary.

Protect the 2nd Amendment, contact your representatives

Please contact your representatives. It does make a difference. If you don’t want to talk to anyone, you can call after hours and leave a message. There’s info just below on how to contact your representatives.

Brian Purkiss
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Brian Purkiss is a Christian, husband, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He primarily focues on USPSA and Run & Gun competitions, but enjoys most other forms of shooting competitions as well.

Photo via Tony Faiola

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