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Roth, Koper, et al., Impact Evaluation of Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act of 1994, Urban Institute, March 13 1997. FBI, Crime in United States 2014, Expand Homicide Table 8. Rand Corporation, Science of Gun Policy: Critical Synthesis of Research Evidence on Effects of Gun Policies in the United States, 2018, p. 66. Mark Gius, examination of Effects of concealed Weapons laws and Assault Weapons bans on State-level murder rates, Applied Economic Letters, Vol. 21, No. 4. National Shooting Sports Foundation, 1990-2016 estimate US Firearm production-exports + imports of MSR / AR, AK Platform Semi-automatic Rifles. 2017 is the most recent year of data available. See FBI UCR Data Tool and FBI Uniform Crime Reports Section for Crime Data for years prior to 2017 and, Crime in the United States 2017, Violent Crime Table 4 for 2017. Annual FBI National Crime Reports prior to those posted on the FBI website are on file with NRA-ILA. See also Claude Fischer, Crime puzzle, Public Intellectual, May 2 2011. See the courts ' decision. The court say that the inherent right of self-Defense has been central to the Second Amendment right, which is an individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation, including all instruments that constitute bearable arms. It strikes down DCs HANDGUN Ban, saying HANDGUN Ban amounts to prohibition of an entire class of arms that is overwhelmingly chosen by American society for the lawful purpose of self-Defense. Explaining its deference to firearm preferences of American people, court cites its decision in US v. Miller, that the Second Amendment protects the Right to Arms that have reasonable relationship to preservation or efficiency of well regulated militia and, citing the decision of Tennessee Supreme Court in Aymette v. State, Arms that Are part of ordinary Military equipment and / or that could Be Use to contribute to common Defense. Miller Court said that citizens called Into militia Service were traditionally expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of kind in common use at time. Gun Control supporters have tried to add more types of firearms to their lists of Guns They Want Ban as Assault Weapons. For example, Federal Assault Weapon and Large magazine Ban of 1994-2004, author by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, defines Assault Weapons to include detachable-magazine, Semi-automatic rifles having two or more external attachments named in Law, and comparable shotguns and HANDGUNS. But, in 2013, Feinstein proposed S. 150, which, because of the bill definition of pistol grip, would have Ban Firearms regardless of their number of external attachments, as well as certain fix-magazine, Semi-automatic Rifles. Other Gun Control supporters have proposed that pump-Action shotguns and pump-Action Rifles be Ban as Assault Weapons too. See dissent from denial of certiorari in Friedman v. Highland Park. In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas write, Roughly five million Americans own AR-style Semiautomatic Rifles.

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Background

Federal law has required background checks on retail gun purchases since 1994, but it doesnt apply to unlicensed sellers online or at gun shows or other private sales. California is among states that require all gun transfers to go through federally licensed dealers who provide background check before a person has access to a weapon. That didnt matter in some California mass shootings in recent years. The woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno in April 2018 and the former Marine who shot up Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks in November 2018 legally bought their handguns. A Derange man who went on Tehama County shooting spree in November 2017 was prohibited from having firearms but use borrowed and homemade guns, and a disgruntle employee used a stolen gun to shoot up UPS customer Center in San Francisco in June 2017. There were cases in which background checks should have blocked purchase but failed to do so. The man who killed 26 people at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church in November 2017 had a domestic violence conviction while serving in the Air Force, but it wasnt entered into the National database used for background checks. One of the mass shooters who killed five police officers at the end of November 2016 protest in Dallas, Texas, bought an assault-type weapon from a private seller arranged through Facebook, picked it up in the Target store parking lot without background check. But the gunman, Army veteran of the Afghanistan war and reservist, also had two handguns, and its unclear background check would have blocked him from buying firearm. Hunter says background checks do stop most crimes, noting the 2013 Bureau of Justice Statistics Survey of prison inmates who had guns when they commit their crimes. A survey report that more than three out of four inmates say they get their gun illegally or through family or friends rather than retailer. But she added that the NRA has worked to improve the federal database to ensure it includes all legitimate records that would prohibit gun ownership through background check. Donohue calls universal background check a no-brainer, but concedes we do need more work to really get full benefit.

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Summary of Federal Law

In 1994, Congress adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which makes it unlawful for person to manufacture, transfer, or possess semiautomatic assault weapon. 8 Law was adopted with sunset clause, however, and expired in 2004, despite overwhelming public support for its renewal. Thus, semi-automatic, military style weapons that were formerly Ban under federal law are now legal unless Ban by state or local law. The 1994 Act define phrase semiautomatic Assault weapon to include 19 named firearms and copies of those firearms, as well as certain semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns with at least two specified characteristics from the list of features. 9 full semiautomatic Assault weapon definition from the 1994 Act is available here. The federal Ban also prohibits transfer and possession of any new Large Capacity ammunition magazine. 10 Additional information is available in our summary on Large Capacity Magazines.

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Additional Research This Year

Despite deep partisan divisions on the issue, there has been a modest rise in support for stricter gun laws in the United States since 2017, new Pew Research Center survey has find. In addition, while opinion on most gun policies has changed little in recent years, somewhat more Americans favor banning high capacity ammunition magazines today than did so two years ago. Overall, share of Americans who say gun laws in the US should be made stricter has increased from 52 % in 2017 to 60 % this year, according to a survey conducted in September. The share of those saying gun laws should be less strict has dropped from 18 % in 2017 to 11 % today. As with attitudes on many gun-relate issues, there are sharp partisan divides about whether gun laws should be stricter. Currently, 86 % of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor stricter gun laws, compared with 31 % of Republicans and Republican leaners. The share of Democrats who support stricter gun laws has risen 11 percentage points since 2017, while there has been a 7-point increase in support among Republicans. When it comes to specific gun-related policies, public find broad agreement in certain areas. Overwhelming majorities of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents and Republicans and Republican-leaners say they strongly or somewhat favor barring people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns. These views are largely unchanged since the question was first asked in 2017. Similarly, large majorities in both parties continue to favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Yet there are much wider differences in views on banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and assault-style weapons. Nearly nine-in-ten Democrats favor each of these proposals, compared with about half of Republicans. Still, support for banning high-capacity magazines has increased among members of both parties since 2017. While more Democrats favor a ban on assault weapons now than do so two years ago, slightly fewer Republicans support such a ban than in 2017. Results for this report are based on a survey conducted through Pew Research Centers American Trends Panel-probability-base, nationally representative Panel of US adults administered online. Question on whether it is more important to protect gun rights or control gun ownership has been included in telephone surveys in the past. Results from self-administer and interviewer-administer surveys are sometimes different even when questions are worded the same. This difference is called the mode effect. To assess possible mode effects in gun policy attitudes, question the importance of gun rights vs. Gun control was included in a recent telephone survey in addition to this wave of American Trends Panel. Two surveys produced similar estimates. Results for both surveys are shown on topline.

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First Experiment: August 2019

This bill makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess semiautomatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition feeding device. Prohibition does not apply to firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; permanently inoperable; antique; or rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model. The Bill also exempts from prohibition following, with respect to SAW or LCAFD: importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession relating to certain law enforcement efforts, or authorized tests or experiments; importation, sale, transfer, or possession relating to securing nuclear materials; and possession by retired law enforcement officer. The Bill permits continue possession, sale, or transfer of grandfathered SAW, which must be securely store. License gun dealers must conduct background checks prior to sale or transfer of grandfathered SAW between private parties. The Bill permits continued possession of, but prohibits sale or transfer of, grandfathered LCAFD. Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification. Newly manufactured SAWs and LCAFDs must display the date of manufacture. The Bill requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when prohibit person attempts to purchase grandfathered SAW. It also allows state or local governments to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender SAW or LCAFD under the buy-back Program.

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Second Experiment: September 2019

Former president Bill Clinton throw fresh momentum behind the effort on Thursday, calling for the reinstatement of Ban in an essay for Time magazine. Joe Biden, former vice president whose role in the 1994 crime Bill had become a political liability in the Democratic primary, has repeatedly touted that same law in recent days, because it also contains a 10-year Ban, which applies to certain semiautomatic weapons. Those developments come even though such Ban has long been considered the third rail of gun politics for Democratic lawmakers, who have struggled to advance policy on Capitol Hill even when they control Congress because of reluctance from rural Democrats and those who blame Ban for the partys wipeout in 1994 midterm elections. Prohibition was allowed to expire in 2004 during Republican control of Congress and the White House. More recently, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery published a study in January that analyzed mass shooting data between 1981 to 2017, and found that 70 percent of mass shooting deaths during years when the Assault Weapons Ban was not in effect would have been prevented had weapons been bar. That study, however, has been criticized over its definition of what constitutes an assault weapon. Instead of the Assault Weapons Ban, Democratic-lead House has pushed legislation expanding background checks policy that is much more politically palatable, particularly in suburban areas where the party made significant gains in last fall midterms. Legislation written by Rep. David N. Cicilline to reinstate Ban has nearly 200 co-sponsors, and he says he is continuing to talk to lawmakers to build support, including Democratic freshmen and Republicans.

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Conclusion

OVER the past two decades, majority of Americans in a country deeply divided on gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: sale of assault weapons should be ban. That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration's plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with the public. In a poll last December, 59 percent of likely voters said they favor a ban. But in 10 years since the previous ban lapse, even gun control advocates acknowledge the larger truth: laws that barred sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference. It turns out that big, scary military rifles do kill the vast majority of 11 000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do. In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, FBI data shows. The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media's obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots. Annually, 5 000 to 6 000 black men are murdered with guns. Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males. It was much the same in the early 1990s when Democrats created and then banned the category of guns they call assault weapons. America was then suffering from a spike in gun crime and it seemed like a problem threatening everyone. Gun murders each year had been climbing: 11 000, then 13 000, then 17 000. Democrats decided to push for a ban on what seem like the most dangerous guns in America: assault weapons, which were presented by the media as the gun of choice for drug dealers and criminals, and which many in law enforcement want to get off the streets. This politically defined category of guns selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns with military-style features only figured in about 2 percent of gun crimes nationwide before the ban. Handguns are used in more than 80 percent of gun murders each year, but gun control advocates have failed to interest enough of the public in handgun ban. Handguns were weapons most likely to kill you, but they were associated by the public with self-defense. Banning sales of military-style weapons resonate with both legislators and the public: Civilians do not need to own guns designed for use in war zones. On Sept. 13, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the assault weapons ban into law. It bars manufacture and sale of new guns with military features and magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But the law allows those who already own these guns to estimate 1. 5 million of them to keep their weapons. Policy prove costly. Mr. Clinton blamed the ban for Democratic losses in 1994. Crime fell, but when the ban expire, detailed study found no proof that it had contributed to the decline.

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What is a high-capacity magazine?

Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines are common thread in many high-profile Mass Shootings in the United States. Because shooters with such magazines can fire at large numbers of people without taking time to reload, those in line of fire do not have a chance to escape, Law Enforcement do not have a chance to intervene, and the number of lives shattered by acts of gun violence increases dramatically. While Large Capacity Magazines are typically associated with semi-automatic Assault Weapons or machine guns, such devices can be used with any semi-automatic firearm that accepts detachable magazine, including handguns. Large Capacity Magazines have been used to perpetrate devastation on a massive scale in many high-profile Mass Shootings. In fact, Large Capacity Magazines have been used in all ten of the deadliest Mass Shootings in the last decade. Large Capacity Magazines significantly increase shooters ' ability to injure and kill large numbers of people quickly because they enable individuals to fire repeatedly without needing to reload. California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York have the most comprehensive prohibitions, Banning possession, manufacture, and transfer of Large Capacity Magazines. 31 New Jersey allows possession of Large Capacity Magazines by person who has registered legacy Assault Weapon and Use magazine in connection with competitive shooting matches sanctioned by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship of US Department of Army. 32 other States Ban various combinations of activities related to Large Capacity Magazines. For instance, Colorado, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia Ban possession and transfer; Maryland Ban manufacture and transfer; and Connecticut bans distribution, importation, purchase, transfer, and possession.


What is a large capacity magazine?

Assault weapons are often the weapon of choice for mass shooters because they allow killers to fire off dozens of rounds in a matter of seconds without stopping to reload. Assault weapons and firearms equipped with large capacity magazines have been used in some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States, with one study estimating assault weapons account for nearly 86 % of mass-shooting fatalities reported from 1981-2017. 9 Further, it is estimated that large-capacity magazines are involved in half to two-thirds of public mass shootings and firearm mass murders involving six more fatalities. 10 Shootings involving these weapons often result in more shots fire, more people wound, and more wounds per victim compared to attacks with other firearms. 11 investigation of mass shootings from 2000-2017 found that incidents where semi-automatic rifles were used resulted in 97 % more fatalities and 81 % more wounded victims when compared to incidents where these deadly weapons were not used

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