Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) joined Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and 153 of their Democratic colleagues to introduce the "Assault Weapons Ban of 2018."
When an assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine is used in a shooting, the number of victims who are killed increases by 63%. There have been almost 7,700 incidents of gun violence so far in 2018. More than 2,100 Americans have lost their lives. More than 480 children have been killed or injured.
As the frequency of mass shootings has increased in recent years, assault weapons have become the weapon of choice for these murderers. Assault weapons were used in attacks on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. Shooters have also used assault weapons to commit mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, and a community college in Roseburg, Oregon.
The Assault Weapons Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
• Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
• Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
• Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
• Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;