(ConservativeSense.com) – The National Rifle Association (NRA) is accusing leading Democrat Chuck Schumer of flouting the Constitution with his proposals to ban assault weapons. The leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate wrote on social media that he plans to reintroduce a bill to prohibit certain firearms in a revival of an assault weapons ban that expired 20 years ago. “After I led the passage of the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban 30 years ago, America saw a decrease in mass shootings and gun deaths,” he said.
Congress enacted the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993, which imposed a nationwide ten-year ban on semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity ammunition magazines. The legislation expired in 2003, but Democrats, including President Biden, have made clear their intent to reinstate it. While serving as a Delaware Senator, the President voted in favor of the Brady legislation, and in September, he told reporters he would not “stay quiet” until similar legislation was in effect.
“The American people are sick and tired of enduring one mass shooting after another,” Schumer said before calling on his Congressional colleagues to “end the scourge of gun violence in America.”
The NRA is backed by Republican Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, who said the Democrats’ “bumper sticker solution to ban guns” is not a matter of public safety but infringing freedoms. Mr. Barrasso tweeted that he would block attempts to interfere with constitutional rights by a party that made America less safe with its attacks on law enforcement through police defunding.
NRA Executive Director Randy Kozuch thanked Senator Barrasso for his stance and issued a statement praising him for standing up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, who would bear the brunt of firearms-limiting legislation.
Despite claims from both Biden and Schumer that assault weapons bans reduce gun violence, studies in 1999 and 2004 found they had little impact. The Department of Justice said in 2004 that the “effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best.”
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