Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban Voted Down in Senate

A unanimous vote was required to reauthorize 1994 legislation.

A weapons ban and universal background check measure was recently voted down in the U.S. Senate. Members of the minority party voted against reauthorizing the federal ban, continuing to advocate for Second Amendment freedoms.

“Americans have a constitutional right to own a firearm,” said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming in a speech on the Senate floor. He said that the bill would make “the American people give up their liberty” and “label responsible gun owners as criminals.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced the motion to reauthorize the Assault Weapons Ban, a federal ban on semi-automatic firearms that first passed Congress in 1994. The ban expired in 2004 and was not renewed.

When he brought the motion to the floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said, “The American people are sick and tired of enduring one mass shooting after another” and “of vigils and moments of silence for family, friends, classmates, coworkers.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Majority Leader Schumer as he presides over the Senate.
  • For Senator Barrasso and his colleagues who advocate for Second Amendment rights.
  • For wisdom for federal legislators as they deliberate restrictions on firearms.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill

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