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Rep. Yarmuth, Colleagues Introduce Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) joined Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) and more than 150 of their Democratic colleagues in introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, legislation that would improve upon the previous Assault Weapons Ban to prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of both semi-automatic weapons and ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. Yarmuth is an original cosponsor of the bill.

“These semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines belong on our battlefields, not our classrooms, concert venues, or anywhere else in our communities,” said Yarmuth. “As the teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting have so eloquently reminded us, it will take the courage and action of elected officials to save lives. I’m proud to join so many of my colleagues in taking this action today. We now need the Republican Leadership to find some courage.”

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine; semi-automatic rifles 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; and 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.

“Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities,” said Cicilline, the bill’s primary sponsor. “I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.”

Full text of the legislation as introduced can be found here.

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