Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a ban on 205 “assault weapons” following Thursday’s House passage of a Democrat led gun control bill.
The new legislation, called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” is co-sponsored by 34 Senate Democrats. It would also ban ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds. The ban would allow those who currently own “assault weapons” to retain possession, but if the ownership of the gun is transferred, a person must undergo a FBI background check.
The “Assault Weapons Ban” also bans bump stocks, which have been illegal since March 26, 2019.
Feinstein announced the ban stating:
It’s been 17 years since the original Assault Weapons Ban expired, and the plague of gun violence continues to grow in this country. To be clear, this bill saves lives. When it was in place from 1994-2004, gun massacres declined by 37 percent compared with the decade before. After the ban expired, the number of massacres rose by 183 percent.
However back in 1994 there was a ban on “assault weapons” and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) issued a report indicating the ban did not reduce crime.
The Washington Times quoted University of Pennsylvania professor Christopher Koper, author of the NIJ report, saying, “We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”
Koper added, “The ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”