House Democrats pass ‘assault weapons ban’ with GOP backing after moderates get cold feet

The House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation banning most semi-automatic weapons currently in use in the United States, including AR-15s.

The Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2021, first introduced by Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, would ban semi-automatic weapons that contain a magazine, pistol, or foregrip and “buttstock.” folding, telescopic or removable”. Two hundred and fifteen Democrats and two Republicans supported legislation, while 208 of the 213 “no” votes came from Republicans. The bill is not expected to pass the Senate.

“These military-style weapons were designed for the battlefield, with maximum effectiveness when a soldier is engaged in combat. The military features prohibited by this bill are added to make these weapons more precise, more controllable, more concealable and more lethal,” Cicilline said in a floor speech urging his colleagues to support the settlement.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York touted the bill during a committee markup as banning weapons that are “in common use” in the United States.

“The problem is that they’re in common use,” he said in an exchange with North Carolina Republican Rep. Dan Bishop. (RELATED: Democratic Rep. Vows to ‘Tear Off’ Filibuster, ‘Extend’ Supreme Court if He Fails to Control Guns)

New York Rep. Chris Jacobs, one of two Republicans to support the bill, said shortly after the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that he would support a gun ban by assault. He announced his retirement a week later.

“For years the Democrats told us, we’re not come get your guns. Yes they are. The second amendment is as clear as possible. This is their beef, the second The amendment says the right to keep and carrying arms should not be violated but they don’t care,” Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said in a floor speech.

They don’t care about that fundamental freedom respect for the law the citizens of this country appreciate. And they come for your fire arms.

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