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S Amdt 711 - Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons - Key Vote

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Deb Fischer voted Nay (Amendment Vote) on this Amendment.

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Amendment - Amendment Rejected (Senate) (40-60) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to S 649 that prohibits the import, sale, manufacture and possession of assault weapons.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring, or possessing a “semiautomatic assault weapon” (Sec. 403).
  • Defines a “semiautomatic assault weapon” as a type of firearm including, but not limited to, the following characteristics (Sec. 402):
    • a semiautomatic rifle or pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds;
    • a semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine;
    • a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm;
    • all AK and AK-47 types; 
    • all AR types;
    • all Thompson rifles; and
    • all UZI types.
  • Prohibits an individual from importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring, or possessing a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” (Sec. 403).
  • Defines “large capacity ammunition feeding device” as a magazine, belt, drum, or feed strip that has an overall capacity of or can be converted to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition (Sec. 403). 
  • Exempts certain entities and individuals from the provisions of this bill, including, but not limited to the following (Sec. 403):
    • A department or agency of the United States;
    • A department, agency, or political subdivision of a state;
    • A qualified law enforcement officer employed by the United States or a state; and
    • An individual who retired in good standing with from law enforcement and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving a firearm.
  • Exempts certain categories of firearms from the provisions of this bill (Sec. 403):
    • semiautomatic assault weapons and magazines that were legally owned before the enactment of the bill;
    • firearms used for hunting and sporting activities.
  • Requires the Attorney General to instruct the Director of the National Institutes of Justice to conduct a study of incidents of mass shootings in the United States, examining issues including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 406):
    • Childhood abuse and bullying;
    • Exposure to criminal acts;
    • Mental Illness;
    • The effectiveness and availability of mental health resources;
    • The availability of firearms; and
    • Depictions of violence in video games and entertainment.
  • Requires the director to submit to Congress the results of the study no later than 1 year after the study begins (Sec. 406). 
Amendment - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons

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