December 16, 2015
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, released the following statement in support of H.R. 4629, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 that was introduced today. Farr is an original cosponsor of the legislation to prevent gun violence by prohibiting the sale, transfer, production and importation of new military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines:
“Military-style weapons designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible have no place in our communities. Since the last assault weapons ban expired, we have watched a steady stream of news reports about one town after another torn apart by gun violence. At the center of almost every one of those mass shootings was an assault weapon that should not have been allowed in the hands of a killer.
“The commonsense proposals in this bill would place new restrictions on the sale of some of the most dangerous weapons and high-capacity guns. It would also close the ‘Charleston loophole” that allows gun dealers to sell a gun to any individual if a background check is not completed in three days.
“Assault weapons are used in the majority of mass shootings in the United States. Congress has a moral obligation to act to save American lives. I am proud to cosponsor these reasonable gun safety measures to prevent another mass shooter from getting hold of a dangerous assault weapon.”
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
• Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
• Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
• Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
• Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
• And 157 specifically-named and listed firearms.
The bill also sets new standards to prevent “default proceeds” – the standard that allows firearms dealers to complete a sale if a buyer’s background check is not completed within three days. Under the proposed law, the background check period will be extended to 14 days for the sale or transfer of an existing assault weapon. If it is determined that a gun was sold to a prohibited individual, the FBI will be required to notify federal, state, and local law enforcement so the weapon can be retrieved as quickly as possible and the buyer can be held accountable for violating federal law.
Assault weapons were used in attacks last month in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs. Shooters also used them to commit mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, and a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. When an assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine is used in a shooting, the number of victims who are killed increases by 63%.