Washington, D.C. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has
joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 21 Democratic senators to introduce
Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture,
and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition
magazines. The legislation renews provisions of a federal ban on assault
weapons that was enacted in 1994 and expired in 2004.
“Dialing down the numbers of dangerous assault weapons in
the United States can only help keep the public safer,” said Whitehouse, a
member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We have seen far too many
massacres because weapons of war are infiltrating our neighborhoods, giving
murderers the ability to unleash mass mayhem in a matter of minutes.
Congress must find the courage to protect the lives of innocent Americans.”
Key provisions of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017:
Bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205
military-style assault weapons by name. Owners may keep existing weapons.
Bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition
magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip,
a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping
stock. Owners may keep existing weapons.
Bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that
hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire
many rounds without needing to reload. Owners may keep existing
The bill exempts by name more than 2,200 guns for hunting,
household defense, or recreational purposes.
The bill includes a grandfather clause that exempts all
weapons lawfully possessed at the date of enactment.