Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put forward an “assault weapons” ban Wednesday that would prohibit Americans from buying at least 205 different firearms.
The United States Conference of Mayors noted Schumer’s “assault weapons” ban is a reintroduction of a gun ban put forward by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
On Monday, Breitbart News reported Schumer’s intentions to bring an “assault weapons” ban to the Senate floor this week.
On Wednesday morning, Schumer announced today is the day:
Today, I'm putting the Assault Weapons Ban on the Senate floor to help rid our streets of these dangerous, deadly weapons.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 6, 2023
Gun violence in America is a national crisis, and the American people are sick of enduring one mass shooting after another.
FOX News noted that Schumer asked for “unanimous consent” on the “assault weapons” ban, which allows passage without a formal vote.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) stood on the Senate floor to block the bill Wednesday, noting that “Democrats defunded the police– now they want to disarm the American people.”
There were nearly 25 million AR/AK-style rifles in circulation on June 21, 2022, at which time the National Shooting Sports Foundation observed there were more AR/AK-style firearms in circulation “than Ford F-Series trucks on the road.”
The number of AR/AK-style rifles in circulation is certainly much higher now.
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