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 Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Federal Assault Weapons 10 year Ban

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, is a United States federal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms that were defined as assault weapons as well as certain ammunition magazines that were defined as large capacity.

In 1994 a Federal Assault Weapons Ban was signed in by U.S. President Bill Clinton. When the ban expire in 2004 a study looked at mass shooting data from 1981 to 2017 and found that mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur from 1994 to 2004 (federal ban period).

Effects of Overall Crime

  • A 2017 review found that there was no evidence that the ban had a significant effect on firearm homicides.
  • A 2014 study found no impacts on homicide rates with an assault weapon ban. A 2014 book published by Oxford University Press noted that "There is no compelling evidence that saved lives."
  • A 2013 study showed that the expiration of the FAWB in 2004 "led to immediate violence increases within areas of Mexico located close to American states where sales of assault weapons became legal. The estimated effects are sizable... the additional homicides stemming from the FAWB expiration represent 21% of all homicides in these municipalities during 2005 and 2006."

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was never directly challenged under the Second Amendment. Since its 2004 expiration, there has been debate on how the ban would fare in light of cases decided in the following years, especially the District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).

Something doesn't quite add up with the studies found between 2013 and 2017. Biden seems to be geared toward a plea to take action against gun violence which may result in a New Assault Weapons Ban Law. Do you think a new gun ban is in order? Please leave a comment with your opinion below. 

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