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It is estimated there are at least 4 million assault weapons in our country, however there are also many definitions of assault weapons. Some people classify assault weapons according to military specifications. To others, all high-powered auto-loading weapons with large capacity magazines are assault weapons. Still others believe an assault weapon is any gun that is not a hunting rifle, shotgun or handgun. Many people have difficulty envisioning practical uses for assault weapons. Since the 1980s however, selling militarized firearms to civilians has been the gun industry’s main marketing strategy. Called “modern sporting rifles” by manufacturers, these weapons are the fastest growing segment of the rifle–manufacturing industry, boasting a growth rate of 27%. Although assault weapons have been used in many horrific mass-shootings, they are only used in about 20% of all gun crime.

Supporters claim assault-style weapons are no more or less dangerous than most hunting rifles. Opponents say a semi-automatic weapon is capable of causing much greater carnage than a single-shot hunting rifle.

Pending Legislation: S.25 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2023
Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Status: Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Chair: Sen. Richard Durbin (IL)

Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current assault weapons policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support making it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD). The prohibition does not apply to a firearm that is: 1.) Manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action. 2.) Permanently inoperable. 3.) An antique. 4.) A rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model. The bill also exempts from these prohibitions the following, with respect to a SAW or LCAFD: 1.) Importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession related to certain law enforcement efforts, or authorized tests or experiments, and the importation, sale, transfer, or possession related to securing nuclear materials. 2.) Possession by a retired law enforcement officer. 3.) The bill permits continued possession, sale, or transfer of a grandfathered SAW, which must be securely stored. A licensed gun dealer must conduct a background check prior to the sale or transfer of a grandfathered SAW between private parties. 4.) The bill permits continued possession of, but prohibits sale or transfer of, a grandfathered LCAFD. 5.) Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification, and newly manufactured SAWs and LCAFDs must display the date of manufacture. 6.) The bill requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when a prohibited person attempts to purchase a grandfathered SAW. 7.) Provides funds to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Richard Durbin (IL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.

Winning Option

  • I oppose reforming current assault weapons policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
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