As legislation on gun control intensifies, the House Judiciary Committee is pursuing an “assault weapons” ban that will target 45 types of AR-15 rifles and 30 types of AK-47s.
The bill known as H.R. 1808 and proposed by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) aims to ban the manufacture and sale of specific AR-15 rifles, AR-15 pistols, and AK-47s.
The AR-15 rifles mentioned in the bill include the: “Bushmaster ACR, Bushmaster Carbon 15, Bushmaster MOE series, Bushmaster XM15, Chiappa Firearms MFour rifles, Colt Match Target rifles, CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 rifles, Daniel Defense M4A1 rifles, Devil Dog Arms 15 Series rifles.”
Diamondback DB15 rifles have also been named.
The AR-15 pistols targeted by the bill include the: “American Spirit AR–15 pistol, Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol GEN II, CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 Roscoe pistol, Daniel Defense MK18 pistol, DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol, DPMS AR–15 pistol, Jesse James Nomad AR–15 pistol, Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol, Osprey Armament MK–18 pistol, POF USA AR pistols, Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol.”
The “Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 pistol” is also mentioned in the bill.
According to a report by Punchbowl News, the bill is set to be marked up by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday (July 20), with aides for Democratic leadership revealing that the bill could reach the House floor as soon as “the last week of July.”
If the legislation’s definition of “assault weapon” is followed, there are an estimated 20 million such weapons privately held in the U.S., making up about 5 percent of all the privately held guns in the country.