Everyone saw this coming.
Democrats have officially introduced legislation banning assault weapons.
Here’s the scoop…
From The Hill:
The legislation, called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, was introduced less than two weeks after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 people dead. The gunman used an AR-15 assault weapon during the shooting, one of the many firearms that would be banned under the bill.
The legislation would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”
Today I joined @RepCicilline and 150+ of my colleagues to introduce the assault weapons ban. It’s time for Congress to listen to the will of a majority of Americans and pass sensible legislation to get these weapons of war off our streets. #NeverAgain #MSDStrong
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) February 26, 2018
Newsmax has more:
The bill would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”
But “lawfully possessed” semi-automatics purchased before the measure took effect would be grandfathered in.
Police say Cruz used an AR-15 assault rifle, one of the many automatic firearms that would be banned under the bill, which also would require the attorney general to keep a record of semi-automatic assault weapons linked to crimes.
Considering Republicans own both Houses of Congress, this bill is likely dead in the water.
And yet, crazier things have happened.