Congresswoman Gwen Moore Votes to Pass Assault Weapons Ban to Protect Our Communities

Press Release

Date: July 29, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Guns

Today, Congresswoman Moore voted to pass H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 which will prohibit the sale, transfer, and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Additionally, this legislation includes provisions mandating safe storage of semiautomatic assault weapons, and will allow states to use federal funds for voluntary assault weapons buyback programs.

"No ordinary citizen needs an AR-15 or similar weapons of mass destruction. Far too often, assault weapons are used to rip communities apart, take away innocent lives, including our children. Our children! Gun violence is a preventable epidemic, and we can save lives by enacting an assault weapons ban. Congress has done it before, and this crisis demands that we do it again.

According to Giffords, all of America's deadliest shootings in the past decade have involved weapons using high-capacity ammunition magazines. Every loss from these weapons of war is a reminder of the real cost to our families, our children, and our country.

Today, I am proudly joining my colleagues in taking action to help stop these weapons of war from causing trauma, pain, and senseless tragedies in my district, and across the country.

I am pleased this bill also includes safe storage mandate for semi automatic weapons, which is much needed. According to Everytown, this year alone there have been more than 158 accidental shootings by children, leading to 68 deaths. This legislation also will ensure states can facilitate buyback programs for these deadly weapons.

We need the Assault Weapons Act of 2022 now, but I also recognize that more can be done to address the deadly toll of gun violence is having on our families and communities. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to pass additional commonsense and meaningful gun violence prevention measures that will keep our constituents safe, invest in evidence based community violence prevention efforts such as de-escalation training, and measures to help keep guns out of the wrong hands."