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Update: H.R. 1296 now has more than 190 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The bill has yet to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration, however.
On February 15, 2019, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1st) introduced H.R. 1296, the House Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. Rep. Cicilline’s legislation is a companion bill to S. 66, introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein on January 9.
The House Assault Weapons Ban is an improved version of Feinstein’s original 1994 AWB legislation. It would to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style firearms, bump stocks and other accessories that enable full-automatic fire, and high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The legislation defines an assault weapon as any firearm “that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.”
H.R. 1296 exempts more than 2,200 guns for hunting, household defense or recreational purposes. Current owners of assault weapons would be allowed to keep them, but would be required to secure these firearms with a trigger lock or similar device. They would have to conduct a background check on any buyer purchasing a grandfathered assault weapon from them.
Please Call your U.S. Representative through the U.S. Capitol Hotline at (202) 224-3121 and give him/her one of the following messages, personalized to your liking:
Hasn’t co-sponsored H.R. 1296 or announced YES vote
Please co-sponsor H.R. 1296, the House Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 introduced by Rep. David Cicilline on February 15. I refuse to leave a society teeming with battlefield rifles to my children and future generations. We have seen, in one mass shooting after another, the damage that semiautomatic rifles outfitted with high-capacity ammunition magazines can do to civilians in public settings. It is time for a serious de-proliferation effort to get these dangerous weapons out of our communities. I am sick and tired of seeing Congress look the other way on this issue in deference to the treasonous (Putin), white supremacist NRA. As a constituent who is extremely politically active in your district, I can assure you I will only cast my vote for a candidate who supports H.R. 1296.
Has already co-sponsored H.R. 1296 and/or announced YES vote.
Thank you for co-sponsoring H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban bill introduced by Rep. Cicilline. We cannot leave a society teeming with battlefield rifles to our children and future generations. It is time for a serious de-proliferation effort to get these dangerous weapons out of our communities. As a constituent who is extremely politically active in your district, I can assure you your support of this legislation means a great deal to me. I look forward to seeing you vote YES on H.R. 1296 on the House floor.
To find out if your Representative has co-sponsored H.R. 1296, visit the following link and search “hr1296”. Click on the bill number and then the Cosponsors tab on the next page:
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