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For Immediate Release


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Press Release

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


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.

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