Violence Policy Center Statement on U.S. House Passage of Ban on Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

For Release: Friday, July 29, 2022

Washington, DC – Following today’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Government Affairs Director Kristen Rand issued the following statement:

“Assault weapons are the clearest example of how today’s gun industry innovates for lethality rather than for safety. A ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines is essential to making us all safer.

“Semiautomatic assault weapons equipped with large-capacity ammunition magazines incorporate characteristics specifically designed to make these guns more lethal on the battlefield, yet in most states they are sold as easily as bolt-action hunting rifles. As a result of the gun industry’s hyper-marketing of these military-bred weapons (see, they are consistently used by civilians to carry out unspeakable atrocities, including mass shootings (see In addition to being the weapons of choice of domestic terrorists, U.S.-manufactured assault weapons are also amassed by criminal enterprises in Mexico and used to terrorize citizens and threaten civil order.”

Assault weapons also pose a demonstrable threat to law enforcement. A VPC analysis of FBI data shows that one in five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty from 2016 to 2018 were killed with assault weapons (see


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