Summary

1/29/2013--Introduced.Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon, including: -a semiautomatic... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 29, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 29, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Assault Weapons Ban of 2013''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

(a) In General.--Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by inserting after paragraph (29) the following: ``(30) The term `semiautomatic pistol' means any repeating pistol that-- ``(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round; and ``(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge. ``(31) The term `semiautomatic shotgun' means any repeating shotgun that-- ``(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round; and ``(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.''; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(36) The term `semiautomatic assault weapon' means any of the following, regardless of country of manufacture or caliber of ammunition accepted: ``(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following: ``(i) A pistol grip. ``(ii) A forward grip. ``(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock. ``(iv) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher. ``(v) A barrel shroud. ``(vi) A threaded barrel. ``(B)...

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161 Supporting
4302 Opposing
4% 96%

State: CA

20 Supporting
257 Opposing
7% 93%

District: 1st

1 Supporting
10 Opposing
9% 91%

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The FSFFA is opposed to new restrictions on firearms that are legally owned by citizens today. New restrictions on firearms and components will not solve the problem of gun violence in today's society.

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H.R. 437 is the House version of Senator Feinstein’s assault weapons ban (H.R. 437). If passed, H.R. 437, among other things, would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of: (1) All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one “feature” (i.e., pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel); (2) All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one “feature” (i.e., threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip) or that are the semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm); (3) All semiautomatic rifles and handguns that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition; (4) All semiautomatic shotguns that have a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; pistol grip; fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; ability to accept a detachable magazine; forward grip; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; or shotguns with a revolving cylinder; (5) All ammunition feeding devices (means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds; and (6) Over 100 specifically-named firearms. Unlike the 1994 assault weapons ban, H.R. 437 does not include a sunset possession that allowed the original federal ban to expire. The bill also requires a background check on all sales or transfers of grandfathered firearms; prohibits the sale or transfer of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of the bill; allows state and local governments to use federal funding to buyback grandfathered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices; imposes a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms; and requires that assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured after the date of the bill’s enactment be engraved with the serial number and date of manufacture of the weapon. Assault weapons used by military, law enforcement, and retired law enforcement; antique weapons, and firearms manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action are exempted from the H.R. 437.

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Users Supporting

I support The Assault Weapons Ban because Assult Weapons represent a threat to law enforcement and public safety while having no justification for being available to the general public in any circumstances.

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CA
45
Safety
CA-45
10 months ago

I support H.R. 437: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 because we as a people need to create a healthier and safer society based on love and peace.

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NY
19
Representative
NY-19
2 years ago

I support H.R. 437: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 because I am deeply saddened by the plight that went on in Sandy Hook and goes on in families forever changed by the impact of a gun. We have properly restricted civilian purchase of grenades, bazookas and military grade weapons because they are designed for massive lethality. We need to extend those restrictions to other military style weapons that are readily obtained in our country, they types used in mass executions like Sandy Hook. I support the second amendments right to arms, but with proper limits to safeguard our society. Please use this time and public awareness to quickly make these sensible reforms. I will be looking at your action and support as a desire for my vote next election. The most critical of these proposals I request immediate action on (with appropriate exceptions for active-duty military and law enforcement): • Mandatory background checks on both public and private gun sales that require fingerprinting • 10-round limit on magazine clips and cartridges • Reduce straw purchases by increasing penalties or limiting number of guns purchased in a time period

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TX
25
nrjstegl
TX-25
2 years ago

I support H.R. 437: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 because the vast majority of Americans value the lives and safety of our children and families more than the right to own (or shoot) guns. Too many people are killed and maimed every day in senseless acts of violence. The Second Amendment does not guarantee every citizen the right to own a nuclear bomb, and it does not guarantee every citizen the right to own military-style assault weapons.

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NY
10
bredlin
NY-10
2 years ago

The entire country has been disenfranchised due to decades of the abusive application of the state secrets privilege. Its time we got meaningful legislation to set the stage to curtail this abuse. I am sick and tired of being abused by the ruling bodies; look-a likes, sound a likes, manipulative group scripting and those engaged in synthetic teleplay. If Congress wants the President's attention introduce, with numerous cosponsors, legislation to stop the abusive application of the state secrets privilege.

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CA
25
RicardoAliFernandez
CA-25
2 years ago

I support H.R. 437: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 because...it is common sense that the citizenry of a a peaceful nation does not need to own weapons designed for the sole purpose of killing people. I am often discouraged when I see opinion polls that seem to indicate that public opinion is in favor of doing nothing that will affect 2nd amendment rights in any way. These polls are not the result of an even sampling of the population, but of a small group of very outspoken gun rights advocates who continue to steer the public debate about guns. I call upon public servants to be courageous, do your own research, make your own judgements, and act according to your conscience despite the perceived political peril. Be a voice of reason. Thank you, Ryan McClelland

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MA
1
Anonymous1744239
MA-1
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Assault Weapons Ban because...Shall not be infriged. That says it all. The second ammendment is to protect us from losing all the other ammendments. To keep the United States in the hands of it's citizens should be your main task in office.

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GA
11
DavidHamlin
GA-11
6 months ago

I oppose The Assault Weapons Ban because...Any and All Laws of Gun control are Un- Constitutional Article 6 section 2 & 3 This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. The 2nd Amendment reads as follows: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. There are No list of A., B., or C. Exceptions or Clauses in this amendment: SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED

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OR
4
GaryDamron
OR-4
7 months ago

I oppose The Assault Weapons Ban because...Without a doubt it violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

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PA
16
adesallle
PA-16
7 months ago

I oppose The Assault Weapons Ban because...Semi Automatic pistols and or rifles "ARE NOT" Assault Weapons! Fully Automatic pistols and or rifles are. Under the 2nd amendment of the Constitution of the United States, We The People, should have adequate access to them.Ammunition as well.

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CA
8
usravet
CA-8
7 months ago

I oppose The Assault Weapons Ban because.. Tell me in all honesty what comes next. Freedom loving Americans are not going to be fooled. See you at the voting poll..

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OH
11
WaTT
OH-11
7 months ago

I oppose The Assault Weapons Ban because you're essentially disarming everyone because of a few people. The truth is, if just a couple people were armed in the places these shooting sprees happened, the shooter could've been neutralized or at least suppressed until law enforcement could arrive. Empowering the citizen is the answer, not leaving them less vulnerable. The problem is one of mental health, not of civilian armament.

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PA
5
Necrotyrannus
PA-5
8 months ago

Bill Summary

1/29/2013--Introduced.Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 - Amends the federal criminal code to ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon, including: -a semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: (1) a pistol grip; (2) a forward grip; (3) a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; (4) a grenade or rocket launcher; (5) a barrel shroud; or (6) a threaded barrel; -a semiautomatic rife or pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds; -a semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: (1) a threaded barrel, (2) a second pistol grip, (3) a barrel shroud; (4) the capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip, or (5) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm; -a semiautomatic shotgun that has any one of the following characteristics: (1) a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; (2) a pistol grip; (3) a fixed magazine that can accept more than five rounds; (4) the ability to accept a detachable magazine; (5) a forward grip; or (6) a grenade or rocket launcher; -a shotgun with a revolving cylinder; -firearms that are specifically listed as prohibited by this Act and copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon; -all belt-fed semiautomatic firearms; -any combination of parts from which any such prohibited firearm can be assembled; and -the frame or receiver of a prohibited rifle or shotgun. Excludes from such ban any semiautomatic assault weapon that: (1) is lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of this Act (grandfathered weapon); (2) is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (3) has been rendered permanently inoperable; (4) is an antique firearm; or (5) is used for law enforcement or security purposes or for testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General. Identifies, by make and model, firearms that are specifically exempted from the ban imposed by this Act. Requires the Attorney General to establish and maintain a record of the make, model, and date of manufacture of any semiautomatic assault weapon which the Attorney General is made aware has been used in relation to a crime under federal or state law. Makes it unlawful to: (1) import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device (generally, a device that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition); or (2) store or keep any grandfathered semiautomatic weapon that may become accessible by an individual who is prohibited from receiving or possessing such a weapon. Requires identification markings (i.e., serial number and the date of manufacture) on semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Provides for the seizure and forfeiture of prohibited large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Makes it unlawful for an unlicensed individual to transfer a grandfathered semiautomatic weapon to another unlicensed individual, unless a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer: (1) has first taken custody of the weapon for the purpose of complying with existing background check requirements; and (2) upon taking custody, complies with all firearms requirements as if the licensee were transferring the weapon from the licensee's inventory to the unlicensed transferee. Sets forth exceptions. Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to allow the use of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to pay compensation to individuals who surrender semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices under a buy-back program.

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