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Firearm Background Check Win in Washington State

Firearm Background Check Win in Washington State  Voters have passed a measure to expand background checks on weapon deals and transfers in Washington state. I-594 passed with almost 60 percent voting in support, 40 percent contradicted, with a little more than 870,000 [more]

Upgrades Cause Weeks of Outages of NICs System

Upgrades Cause Weeks of Outages of NICs System  On 9 occasions this week the National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported outages that delayed checks for customers at licensed gun dealers. Ordinarily, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a 99 percent rate of success [more]

California Lawmakers Passes Firearm Safety Bill

California Lawmakers Passes Firearm Safety Bill  SACRAMENTO, Calif. —California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales. The Senate unanimously passed SB505 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search [more]

Poll Shows Continued Support for Firearm Background Checks

Poll Shows Continued Support for Firearm Background Checks  SEATTLE, WA - A newly conducted poll among Washington voters shows strong support for a ballot that would require background checks for all gun sales across the state. Initiative 594, which requires background checks for [more]

New Gun Safety Group for Sensible Gun Laws

New Gun Safety Group for Sensible Gun Laws  For years, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has remained unchallenged in both strength and influence. Initially a hunting club, its founding members created the organization in 1871 to support hunting, marksmanship and to promote responsible [more]

FBI No Background Check for Pot Dealers

FBI No Background Check for Pot Dealers  OLYMPIA, Wash. - Individuals interested in getting into the marijuana business do not go through background checks. The FBI's refusal of the checks would apparently complicate the efforts taken by the state to keep criminals [more]



Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994 – 2004)



The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) (or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law in the United States that included a prohibition on the sale to civilians of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called “assault weapons.” There was no legal definition of “assault weapons” in the U.S. prior to the law’s enactment. The ten-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994 and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban’s enactment.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired September 13, 2004, as part of the law’s sunset provision.



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