H. R. 4269, sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI], is by its own admission an attempt to “regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.”
They have defined several “semiautomatic” firearms in broad terms in what one can only assume is an attempt to cast the broadest net possible over existing firearms.
They also define a “semiautomatic” weapon as any of the following weapons:
This bill would make it illegal to “import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce” any of the above-mentioned weapons, or any weapon matching the definitions of “assault weapons” unless you already own it before the enactment of the law, are an employee of the federal government, a cop, a security guard, a retired cop in good standing with law enforcement, or under the orders of the Attorney General.
Nowhere in that list does it read that a law abiding citizen with no prior history of violence or mental health issues can own these firearms. Basically, it’s a “rules for thee, but not for me” scenario. Everyone except the average citizen can get their hands on one of these “semi-automatic firearms.”
In an attempt to prove that they are justified in controlling the number of firearms that we can own, this bill also sets forth a ridiculous job for the Attorney General.
“(6) The Attorney General shall establish and maintain, in a timely manner, a record of the make, model, and, if available, 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, and the nature and circumstances of the crime involved, including the outcome of relevant criminal investigations and proceedings. The Attorney General shall annually submit a copy of the record established under this paragraph to the Congress and make the record available to the general public.
If they anticipate crimes after the passage of this bill, what good is the law? Criminals don’t obey laws, so all this does is prevent law abiding gun owners from exercising their Second Amendment right.
You can read the entirety of the bill here, and make sure you call your Congressmen and tell them your opinion on this bill!