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Kamala Harris Unveils Gun Policy That Would Ban AR-15-Style Assault Weapons

Her campaign said the ban would prohibit imports of some semi-automatic rifles.

By NTK Staff | 05.15.2019 @11:00am
Kamala Harris Unveils Gun Policy That Would Ban AR-15-Style Assault Weapons

During an event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced a policy proposal that would prohibit imports on some semi-automatic and high capacity firearms.

Last month, Harris pledged that in the first 100 days of her administration, she would work with Congress to pass “reasonable gun safety laws.” Wednesday’s announcement goes further, targeting specific types of firearms. Specifically, Harris wants to see a ban on “AR-15-style assault weapons,” a campaign aide told Reuters.

The AR-15, or assault weapons, are catch-all terms often used by critics to describe semi-automatic rifles and other high-capacity fire arms.

Temporary bans on similar weapons were instituted under the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, but they are currently legal. According to Reuters, it’s not clear exactly how many weapons this ban would impact, but her campaign claims that 4 million rifles have been imported into the U.S.

Harris angered anti-gun activists last month when she told an Iowa audience that she owns a gun for “personal safety.” Anti-Second Amendment activists believe Harris perpetuated the “myth” that a good guy with a gun protects you from a bad guy with a gun.

Reuters notes that the assault weapons ban adopted by Congress in 1994 is often cited among the reasons why “Democrats lost congressional seats in that year’s midterm elections.” It’s not clear what the reaction to such a ban would be in 2021.

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