The House Democrats unveiled a sweeping new firearms legislation on Wednesday, and it would prohibit assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, high capacity ammunition clips, and other types of high-powered firearms that are widely used by the military and law enforcement.
House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a plan to restrict access to high-power firearms that have been used by military personnel, including the AR-15, AK-47, and the military-style rifle known as the Bushmaster AR-556.
The new legislation would make it a federal crime to possess an assault weapon, high velocity ammunition, or high-capacity magazine, as well as any other type of high powered firearm.
It would also prohibit assault weapon owners from receiving or receiving any military-grade military-type rifle.
Under the legislation, the government would have to conduct a background check on anyone purchasing a firearm or ammunition, and if it found someone in possession of the prohibited item, the person would be required to report it to federal authorities.
The legislation would also require the federal government to conduct an annual background check of anyone purchasing ammunition or ammunition magazines, and those who violate those laws could be charged with a federal misdemeanor.
If the gun owner fails to report the purchase to the government within 60 days of acquiring the weapon, the firearm could be subject to a fine of up to $25,000.
The bill also would require that law enforcement agents perform an annual investigation of any person who attempts to obtain a weapon or ammunition from a licensed dealer.
The House voted on the bill on a party-line vote, with Democrats supporting the legislation and Republicans opposed.
The Senate passed the legislation on a 52-48 vote, after Republicans blocked an earlier attempt to kill the measure in late January.
The vote came just days after a gunman killed 12 people and injured 53 others at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, before committing suicide.