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U.S. House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

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By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation banning assault-style rifles that have been used in mass shootings, sending it to the Senate where it faces likely defeat.

By a mostly partisan vote of 217-213, Democrats won passage of the measure amid public anger over mass murders in which rapid-fire AR-15 rifles were used to kill and wound school children and adults engaging in day-to-day activities.

"They're easier for a teenager to get than to buy a beer," Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett said during debate. "We've turned our churches, our schools, our shopping centers, our entertainment venues, almost any place into a battleground with one massacre after another," he added.

Democrats have been trying for years to renew a federal ban on the weapon, which was first imposed in 1994 and expired in 2004.

The ban resulted in a significant decrease in mass shootings, according to a 2021 study by Northwestern (NASDAQ:NWE) University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Republicans have resisted, accusing Democrats of attacking the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants the right to "keep and bear arms."

Democrats have argued that is not a blanket prohibition on the control of some guns and their enhancements.

Assault-style rifles are lightweight, semi-automatic weapons popular among hunters in the United States. They also are capable of causing severe damage to humans when they tear through organs, bones and muscle in rapid fire.

"There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to ensure the safety of our families, our children, our homes, our communities, and our nation," U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Friday, urging the Senate to back the measure.

Republican Representative Guy Reschenthaler accused Democrats of a "never-ending attack on Americans' Second Amendment rights."

"Once again, we're considering legislation that would do nothing more than penalize law-abiding citizens while doing absolutely nothing about the root cause of gun violence," he said.

Many Republicans say providing additional federal funding to treat mental illnesses would be a more effective way of reducing mass shootings.

SHIFTING SENTIMENT

With public opinion moving in favor of some new gun controls, Congress one month ago approved a bipartisan bill that Biden signed into law containing modest safety measures.

It included tougher background checks before gun sales can be transacted, with a particular eye toward keeping weapons out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence or significant crimes as juveniles.

It marked the first time in three decades that Congress succeeded in passing a significant gun control bill.

The most recent in a string of mass shootings with AR-15s included 10 killed and three wounded at a Buffalo, New York supermarket, 19 children and two teachers murdered at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school and seven killed at a July 4 holiday parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

Democrats vowed, however, to keep pushing for additional controls.

Earlier this week, House Oversight Committee Democrats questioned top executives of two U.S. gunmakers - Sturm, Ruger & Co Inc RGR.N and Daniel Defense Llc - in a hearing that centered on marketing of assault-style rifles to young men seeking to emulate soldiers on battlefields.

The 100-member Senate is divided 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, who control the chamber because Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris is its ceremonial president and has the power to break tie votes.

But Senate rules require that most legislation needs the support of at least 60 senators to advance, meaning that Republicans can block a bill from even being debated.

During the June push for passage of the bipartisan bill there were not enough votes among Republicans to raise the age for buying an assault rifle to 21 from 18, much less ban the weapon.

U.S. House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban
 

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Bill Riley
Bill Riley Jul 31, 2022 4:23PM ET
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unconstitutional
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lup sup Jul 30, 2022 8:24AM ET
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Armed everyone. You will feel extra-safe even with the Police no matter what color you are.
rob Tucker
rob Tucker Jul 30, 2022 7:30AM ET
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Taking guns away will only increase murders. Look at Chicago
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 30, 2022 7:30AM ET
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What are they murdering people with in Chicago, sticks?
taylor jason
taylor jason Jul 30, 2022 7:30AM ET
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I think you need to strengthen your reading comprehension skills. the article specifically says the bill is not targeting all firearms, rather very specific assault rifles. also, as to your claim on Chicago, no, most murders in Chicago are not the result of assault rifles, which again is not the point of this article
Eric Beck
Eric Beck Jul 30, 2022 7:30AM ET
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Speaking of " reading comprehension", guessing you skipped-over the part about semi-auto handguns with high cap mags.
rob Tucker
rob Tucker Jul 30, 2022 7:24AM ET
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People are so dumb. Eventually Americans won't be able to defend themselves. Taking guns away from the good guys only hurts our country
gab nea
gab nea Jul 30, 2022 7:06AM ET
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republicans dont care if our children are massacred, they dont care about warming climate, they dont care about our police, as in j6, nor climate change. yet their orange menace is a corrupt, lawless grifter and they love him. vote everyone of them out till they come to their senses.
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Da Pr Jul 30, 2022 7:06AM ET
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Eddie Garcia
Eddie Garcia Jul 30, 2022 7:06AM ET
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uh, they do care if children are massacred. that's why they're pro life.laws don't stop criminals from breaking them. that's why they're called criminals.you need to stop being lazy and look for the truth on your own instead of letting people tell you what to think.
Matthew Petyk
Matthew Petyk Jul 30, 2022 7:06AM ET
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gab nea... your ramblings have no basis is fact or reality. Please tell your progressive handlers that your brainwashing is complete....
David Beckham
David Beckham Jul 30, 2022 6:19AM ET
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Let’s got more gun shot
Rick Meyer
Rick Meyer Jul 30, 2022 6:12AM ET
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outlaw guns and only outlaws will have them
Dennis Chuck
Dennis Chuck Jul 30, 2022 3:10AM ET
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Ev-il woman dont come to Asia! We dont welcome you!
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Jul 29, 2022 10:21PM ET
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all gun nuts should turn their guns on themselves and rid the world of their hate, ignorance and destruction
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Democrat's the party of love. they only reason you want guns gone is so you can rule as a fascist
Eddie Garcia
Eddie Garcia Jul 29, 2022 10:21PM ET
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and that's why we won't give them up, because of tolerant and loving people such as yourself. if the tolerant and loving democrats ever get full control of the government, they'll turn the military against their political enemies, just like ******** Mao, Stalin, and every other communist dictator that has ever ruled. congratulations, you've just exposed what you truly are. evil.
Brad Albright
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The Democrats HAVE full control of the government... And yet your paranoid fears have not marerialized.
Matthew Petyk
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...Brad.. educate yourself please. your statement makes no sense. You do not "have full control". Thank God. Republicans and moderate democrats have kept progressive leftists from implementing more of their America-hating agenda. Nick Cage is correct. Left to the own devices, radical Democrats would disarm the populous, pack the courts, and implement their socialist/communist ideology in America...Our forefathers knew what they were doing when writing the 2nd Amendment. And, YES, Democrats want to take the 2nd Amendment away.... just go ask your pathetic "leader" .. Beto if he wants to confiscate guns....
Gervais Christopher
Gervais Christopher Jul 29, 2022 8:52PM ET
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Ban "assult- style psychology". That will cure the problem. For athiestic psychology and psychologists are who caused the problem. Why do they now think they can be the solution? No psychology litmus test in the 2nd ammendment...that would be an "infringment" of the right granted by our Creator. Last time i checked psychology and the government were not deemed "our Creator". "Infringment" by government in any form is a "Breach of Contract", and should be treated as such in a court of law.
Adrian White
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So... Gervais, are you trying to claim that "our Creator" wrote the Constitution? And do you believe that the most clinically insane violent people should have the same rights as you to own and use semi-automatic weapons? I suppose you also believe that keeping criminals incarcerated is a government "infringement"?
 
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