Prohibit Assault Weapons
What is the problem?
Assault weapons are exceptionally deadly firearms commonplace in mass shootings. They are generally capable of firing far more bullets, far faster than manual-action hunting rifles. Prohibiting assault weapons can prevent mass shooting injuries and deaths.
Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are frequently used in the violence that plagues our nation. Of all mass shooting incidents between 2009 and 2018, assault weapons accounted for 25% of deaths and 76% of nonfatal injuries. Currently, only seven states and Washington, D.C. prohibit assault weapons.
Myth & Fact
Assault weapons are not deadlier than other firearms.
Assault weapons are generally high-powered semiautomatic firearms where each round has up to four times the muzzle velocity of a handgun round. This means that each round from an assault weapon inflicts greater damage to the human body than a round from a typical handgun. Assault weapons are generally designed to fire rounds at a greater rate than other firearms, and when combined with high-capacity magazines, they enable a shooter to fire more rounds over a short period.
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Mass Shootings in America
Only through understanding the true nature of mass shootings can we begin to seek evidence-based solutions.
Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines
Research shows that restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines can help prevent mass shooting injuries and fatalities.