From America’s 1st Freedom: http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2016/1/7/the-truth-behind-the-proposed-new-assault-weapons-ban/
by A1F Daily Staff
Thursday, January 7, 2016
When anti-gunners in Congress introduced a new proposal in mid-December to ban so-called “assault weapons”—actually semi-automatic rifles owned by an estimated 8 to 9 million law-abiding Americans—gun-rights advocates heaved a big sigh, but not of relief. It’s easy to understand why: The battle against politicians trying to ban semi-automatic rifles, sometimes called modern sporting rifles, has gone on for decades.
We even lost the fight once, back in 1994, when Bill Clinton managed to push such a ban through Congress. After 10 years, however, that ban was allowed to sunset, and even the government admitted afterward that it had no effect on crime.
Since then, nearly every time a criminal with a gun kills someone, renewed cries emerge for a new “assault weapon” ban. That’s despite the fact that, according to the FBI, less than 2.4 percent of all murders are committed with rifles of any kind—and so-called “assault weapons” are a only small subset of that number.
Enter U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and his Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would ban the manufacture of AR-15s and similar firearms. At this writing, some 90 Democrats, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., have signed onto the legislation as co-sponsors.
And while many in the so-called “mainstream” media are touting the ban as a “reinstatement” of the Clinton Gun Ban, NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action is quick to point out that this new legislation is far from a simple “reinstatement.”
As NRA-ILA explained:
The 1994 ban allowed manufacturers to produce AR-15s without flash suppressors and one or two other external attachments, and to make similar adjustments to other firearms. As a result, the number of AR-15s made and sold during the 10 years the ban was in effect was a quarter of a million greater than the number produced and sold during the preceding 10 years. Additionally, 50 million magazines capable of holding over 10 rounds were allowed to be imported while the ban was in effect. CBS “60 Minutes” reported that the first year of the “ban” was “the best year for the sales of assault weapons ever.”
That’s not the case with the new legislative proposal. That measure is far more restrictive and punitive, as NRA-ILA further explained: