House Democrats push ‘assault weapons’ ban that would outlaw most semi-automatic firearms

President Joe Biden has made no secret of his disdain for the Second Amendment and unrelenting desire to ban and confiscate certain semi-automatic firearms based solely upon their cosmetic features and often touts the role he played as a senator in passing the expired and failed 1994 “assault weapons” ban.

Biden’s fellow Democrats are once again working to enact the president’s anti-gun views into law with an updated and even more expansive ban on so-called “assault weapons” that are actually just normal semi-automatic rifles in common use, the Daily Caller reported.

Unfortunately for Biden and his gun-grabbing comrades, that pesky U.S. Constitution as well as Supreme Court precedent stand firmly in the way of their confiscatory and exclusionary plans for certain firearms that are extraordinarily popular with millions of American gun owners.

Bill would ban most semi-automatic firearms over cosmetic features

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a gun ban bill known as H.R. 1808, the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” that would effectively outlaw tens of millions of semi-automatic pistols, rifles, and shotguns over certain cosmetic features that have little or no impact on how those firearms actually function.

That bill, if passed into law, would ban virtually all semi-automatic rifles that have a detachable ammunition magazine and at least one additional feature such as: a pistol grip; a forward grip; a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a grenade launcher; a barrel shroud; or a threaded barrel. It would also ban semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that accepts more than 10 rounds.

The measure would also ban semi-automatic pistols with certain features like a threaded barrel, forward grip, a magazine well located outside the pistol grip, or with a stabilizing brace attached to the butt end. Likewise, many semi-automatic shotguns with similar features would also be banned.

Specific firearms banned and exempted

The legislation, authored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), listed dozens of AK- and AR-style pistols, rifles, and shotguns and other specific semi-automatic firearms from numerous manufacturers that would be banned.

Conversely, the bill also lists hundreds of other firearms that would be exempt from the ban, such as those without any of the named features or those that are bolt action, lever action, pump action, single shot, or use rimfire cartridges.

In addition, the measure would also ban all detachable magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and though the bill contains a “grandfather clause” that allows lawful possessors to keep banned weapons that were already owned, it makes it exceedingly difficult for anyone to transfer such weapons to anybody else.

Biden wants to ban firearms that are in “common use”

This so-called “assault weapons” ban is very clearly in line with President Biden’s anti-gun agenda, as revealed in a “fact sheet” released by the White House on Thursday about the president’s “Safer America Plan,” which includes his demand for a ban on “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — weapons of war that have no place in our communities.”

However, the Daily Caller pointed out that the Supreme Court has reaffirmed no less than three times within the past 24 years — 2008’s D.C. v. Heller, 2010’s McDonald v. Chicago, and 2022’s New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen — that firearms in “common use” among the people are covered by the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms and cannot be subjected to government bans.

Thus, given that the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that there are nearly 25 million “modern sporting rifles” in circulation since 1990 — an increase of roughly 4.5 million since the last estimate in 2020 — it is safe to say that the AK- and AR-style semi-automatic rifles that Biden and Democrats seek to outlaw are in “common use” among the people and are protected from government bans and confiscation.

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