WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

“In mass shooting after mass shooting, we come to find out that the shooter used a semiautomatic gun to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. After Sandy Hook, after Uvalde, Congress heard directly from the doctors who treated the victims of these shootings, and they told us about the damage that these guns inflicted on the human body – their testimony was harrowing. These guns are weapons of war, and they have no place in our communities. The Assault Weapons Ban we passed today would significantly reduce the prevalence of these weapons, which would help prevent the next mass shooting from ever taking place.

“Congress enacted this ban before, and we can do it again. For ten years, the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban proved effective at getting these dangerous weapons off our streets and reducing deaths from gun violence. In passing the Assault Weapons Ban today, the House sent this legislation to the Senate for another vote. I urge the Senate to come together and swiftly pass this bill – American lives are on the line.”

A fact sheet of the bill can be found here.