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“While there’s no one solution to the epidemic of gun violence, it’s past time for Congress to take common sense steps to strengthen critical safeguards and stem the tide of rising gun violence plaguing our communities.”

(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined a number of her colleagues today to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

“From last month’s horrific scene on the Las Vegas strip to the heart-wrenching stories coming out of Sutherland Springs, TX, too often we’ve had to reach for our thoughts and prayers to make sense of the unthinkable gun violence that continues to claim innocent lives, devastate families and ravage communities across Washington state and nationwide,” said Senator Murray. “But we need more than thoughts and prayers. We need action. No one should ever have to worry whether their child or loved one will come home safe, and as we’ve seen time and again, no community is immune to the tragedy of gun violence—even right here in Washington state.  While there’s no one solution to the epidemic of gun violence, it’s past time for Congress to take common sense steps to strengthen critical safeguards and stem the tide of rising gun violence plaguing our communities. Banning weapons designed for war is one of those steps.”

Led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bill would:

  • Ban the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name. Owners can keep existing weapons
  • Ban any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics, including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock. Owners can keep existing weapons
  • Ban magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload. Owners can keep existing magazines
  • Require a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the bill
  • Require that grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock
  • Prohibit the transfer of high-capacity ammunition magazines
  • Ban bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates

As a voice for Washington state in the United States Senate, Senator Murray has long championed common sense efforts to address the gun violence epidemic, including sponsoring legislation to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons, working to expand background checks to prevent people on the government’s terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, and requesting new government research on the effectiveness of the nation’s firearm storage awareness programs.