- In his first speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden urged the legislature to reissue a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines while arguing that it “worked before.”
- Yet the most widely sourced data shows that it did not, in fact, work before.
- What are the details?
- Biden declared gun violence “an epidemic in America” before saying, “In the 1990s, we passed universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds that can be fired in seconds.”
- He argued, “Talk to most responsible gun owners, most hunters — they’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having 100 rounds —100 bullets — in a weapon.”
- The ban the president was referring to was the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, passed as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement act of 1994 under President Bill Clinton.
- The law actually banned the “transfer or possession” of ammunition feeding devices that carried more than 10 rounds (not 100), ABC News reported, and the manufacturing of 18 models of specific semiautomatic weapons.
- “We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines again,” Biden told Congress and the American people on Wednesday. “Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We’ve done it before … and it worked.”
- In reaction to Biden’s address, reporter Emily Miller tweeted, “Biden biggest lie of this speech is that the ‘assault weapon ban’ worked. No, the FBI said to let it sunset after ten years because it had no effect on crime.”