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Which states prohibit assault weapons?

7 states have adopted this policy

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Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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Arizona has not adopted this policy

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Arkansas has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

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Colorado has not adopted this policy

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Connecticut has adopted this policy

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Delaware has not adopted this policy

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Florida has not adopted this policy

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Georgia has not adopted this policy

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Hawaii has adopted this policy

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Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Illinois has not adopted this policy

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Indiana has not adopted this policy

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Iowa has not adopted this policy

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Kansas has not adopted this policy

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Kentucky has not adopted this policy

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Louisiana has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Maryland has adopted this policy

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Massachusetts has adopted this policy

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Michigan has not adopted this policy

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Minnesota has not adopted this policy

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Mississippi has not adopted this policy

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Missouri has not adopted this policy

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Montana has not adopted this policy

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Nebraska has not adopted this policy

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Nevada has not adopted this policy

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New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

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New Jersey has adopted this policy

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New Mexico has not adopted this policy

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New York has adopted this policy

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North Carolina has not adopted this policy

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North Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Ohio has not adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

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Oregon has not adopted this policy

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Pennsylvania has not adopted this policy

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Rhode Island has not adopted this policy

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South Carolina has not adopted this policy

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South Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Tennessee has not adopted this policy

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Texas has not adopted this policy

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Utah has not adopted this policy

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Vermont has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Washington has not adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

What It Does

These laws prohibit the purchase and possession of assault weapons, high-powered semi-automatic firearms. While state definitions vary, these guns typically fire rounds with up to four times the muzzle velocity of a standard handgun round—inflicting greater damage on the human body.

The Impact

Of all mass shooting incidents between 2009 and 2018, assault weapons accounted for 32% of deaths and 82% of nonfatal injuries. One study estimated that reinstatement of the 1994–2004 federal assault weapons ban could prevent 70% of mass shooting deaths.

Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Cal. Penal Code § 30510; Cal. Penal Code § 30515; Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-202a; Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-1; Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-301; Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 121; N.J. Stat. Ann. § 13:54-1.2; N.Y. Penal Law § 265.00.

2009–2018: Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. (Last update 2022, January 7). Mass shootings in America. Everytown Research and Policy. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://everytownresearch.org/maps/mass-shootings-in-america-2009-2019/.

70%: DiMaggio C, Avraham J, Cherisse B, Bukur M, . . . & Frangos S. (2019, January). Changes in US mass shooting deaths associated with the 1994–2004 federal assault weapons ban: Analysis of open-source data. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 86(1): 11–19. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://journals.lww.com/jtrauma/Abstract/2019/01000/Changes_in_US_mass_shooting_deaths_associated_with.2.aspx.

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