Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release

Contact

Sally Martinelli, (202) 822-8200 x104, smartinelli@vpc.org

Press Release

Violence Policy Center Statement in Support of Representative Cicilline’s Bill Banning Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

WASHINGTON -

Following Representative David Cicilline’s (D-RI) introduction today of a bill to ban semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand issued the following statement:

“Semiautomatic assault weapons equipped with high-capacity ammunition magazines incorporate characteristics specifically designed for soldiers on the battlefield, yet under federal law they are sold as easily as bolt-action hunting rifles. As a result of the gun industry’s hyper-marketing of these military bred weapons, they are consistently used by civilians to carry out unspeakable atrocities. The easy availability of these weapons of war has resulted in mass shootings that leave families and communities devastated. These include the 2018 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and 17 wounded, which happened one year ago this week. In addition, Representative Cicilline’s bill would ban all devices that can be attached to such weapons to accelerate their rate of fire, not just ‘bump stock’ devices like the ones used in the 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada—the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history—which left 58 victims dead and 489 injured. The VPC applauds Representative Cicilline’s leadership on this issue. His bill is essential to demilitarizing civilian firepower and helping make us all safer.”

###

Violence Policy Center

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) works to stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. Founded in 1988 by Executive Director Josh Sugarmann, a native of Newtown, Connecticut, the VPC informs the public about the impact of gun violence on their daily lives, exposes the profit-driven marketing and lobbying activities of the firearms industry and gun lobby, offers unique technical expertise to policymakers, organizations, and advocates on the federal, state, and local levels, and works for policy changes that save lives.

The VPC has a long and proven record...

'A Huge Outrage': Senate Panel Approves $25 Billion Pentagon Budget Increase

"Not so incidentally, the $25 billion spending increase approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee exactly matches the cost to scale up Covid-19 vaccine production to meet global demand."

Jake Johnson ·


Sanders, Lee, and Murphy Slam Biden Administration's First Drone Strike in Somalia

"It's time to do away with questionable legal justifications claimed by one administration after the next for acts of war like this."

Jake Johnson ·


Progressives Demand Probe After Revelations About FBI Investigation of Kavanaugh

"Survivors deserve justice, and the country deserves to know the full truth of this situation, as well as the lengths the Trump administration was willing to go to cover up the truth."

Jessica Corbett ·


Progressives Denounce Biden's Cuba Sanctions, Demanding End to US Embargo

"This seems like a move to placate Cuban-Americans who were frustrated with Biden's lack of immediate response rather than something that will directly help Cubans on the island."

Julia Conley ·


UN Experts Warn US Sanctions Endangering Lives of Venezuelan Cancer Patients

The United States' attempt "to control the political agenda of Venezuela has had devastating consequences for hundreds of people undergoing treatment."

Kenny Stancil ·