Democrats’ ‘assault weapons’ ban also bans semi-automatic pistols

Legislation banning “assault weapons” passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday bans not only AR-15s and AK-47s, but also many pistols and semi-automatic shotguns.

The legislation, HR 1808, is sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).

On July 15, 2022, Breitbart News warned that HR 1808 prohibited the manufacture and sale of at least 45 specific AR-15 rifles, including “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”, as well as Diamondback DB15 rifles.

Additionally, it prohibits the manufacture and sale of all AR pistols, and thirteen are specifically listed: “American Spirit AR–15 pistol, Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol GEN II, CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 Roscoe pistol, Daniel Defense MK18 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, and the “Uselton Arms Air-Lite M-4 Pistol.”

But the language of HR 1808 also makes it clear that the legislation prohibits many semi-automatic pistols as well.

The ban applies to semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and threaded barrels. Due to the popularity of suppressors for hearing protection, nearly all semi-automatic pistol manufacturers make models of threaded barrel pistols. This means that countless semi-automatic pistols would be prohibited by HR 1808.

Additionally, any fixed-magazine semi-automatic pistol that could hold more than ten rounds would be banned, as would any fixed-magazine semi-automatic shotgun that could hold more than five rounds.

HR 1808 also prohibits semi-automatic shotguns that accept detachable magazines and have a pistol grip.

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