FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2019
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It Is Time to Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“Assault weapons, which include military style semi-automatic firearms, are intended to maximize human lethality. They are intended to hunt human beings quickly and efficiently. That is why they have become the weapon of choice for American mass shooters — they allow killers to murder and injure dozens in a matter of seconds without ever having to stop and reload.
“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds the Judiciary Committee and Chairman Nadler for holding this morning’s “Protecting America from Assault Weapons” hearing to address and debate this important issue.
“The 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban was bipartisan. It was supported by former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Former President George H.W. Bush banned the import of these types of weapons into the United States. President George W. Bush vowed to sign the renewal of the ban in 2004 if it reached his desk. Unfortunately, it never did.
“Out of the 40 deadliest American mass shootings, only two took place between 1994 and 2004 when the ban was in place. Out of the 10 deadliest, eight have taken place since the ban expired. These weapons have no place in American civilian life.
“We look forward to this morning’s hearings and strongly endorse H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2019.”