Protestors take part in a rally against gun violence and calling for Federal Background Checks on Aug 18, 2019 in New York City.
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WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to ban assault weapons with a narrow 217-213 vote.
The legislation will prohibit the sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
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But it will allow the possession of any semiautomatic assault weapon lawfully possessed on the date of enactment and the sale or transfer of any semiautomatic assault weapon lawfully possessed on the date of enactment following a background check.
However, the bill has little chance of progressing in the Senate due to clear opposition from the Republicans
"There are more guns than people in this country – more mass shootings than days in the year," Congressman David Cicilline, a major sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. "This is a uniquely American problem."
However, the bill has little chance of progressing in the Senate due to clear opposition from the Republicans.
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Gun violence has taken more than 25,500 lives across the United States so far this year, according to the latest data from Gun Violence Archive.
Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines have been frequently used in the violence that plagues the United States.
Of all mass shooting incidents between 2009 and 2018, assault weapons accounted for 25 percent of deaths and 76 percent of nonfatal injuries, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control and against gun violence.
Currently, only seven US states and Washington, DC have banned assault weapons.