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Democrats infight over assault weapons ban, Pelosi announces vote immediately

In a letter to Democrats on July 29, Speaker Pelosi announced that the House would vote on a bill to ban assault weapons the same day a deal had been reached.

Despite long-term disagreements between Republicans and Second Amendment advocates, the bill would ban a wide range of semi-automatic firearms dubbed "assault weapons" by critics.

The House Democratic leadership is committed to building safer communities across the country, Pelosi wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter. We have made immense progress in our discussions on a comprehensive package of public safety legislation. This essential legislation continues to be worked on, and we plan to bring it to the House Floor in the near future. This will increase safety while helping to make the system more accountable.

“Today, our Democratic Majority will take up and pass the Assault Weapons Ban legislation: a crucial step in our ongoing fight against the deadly epidemic of gun violence in our nation,” Pelosi continued, asking her caucus to support a “same-day authority” procedural vote to allow the bill to move forward.

In order to succeed in passing the Assault Weapons Ban, we must first pass same-day authority so that we can pass the Rule enabling us to bring up the Assault Weapons Ban.

The legislation to reinstate the assault weapons ban needs your yes vote on same-day authority, the rule for the ban, and the legislation.

30 July 2022


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