Joe Biden: ‘When I Was a Senator…I Secured a 10-Year Ban on Assault Weapons—and as President, I’ll Ban These Weapons Again’

By Staff | August 6, 2020 | 12:03pm EDT
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

( - Former Vice President Joe Biden sent out a tweet on Wednesday night vowing that if he is elected president he will ban what he calls “assault weapons.”

“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” Biden said.

“When I was a senator,” Biden said, “I took on the @NRA and secured a 10-year-ban on assault weapons—and as president, I’ll ban these weapons again.”

The ban that Biden is talking about was called the “Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act,” which was incorporated into the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

The official summary of the “assault weapon” provision enacted that year said:

“Title XI: Firearms - Subtitle A: Assault Weapons - Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act - Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit the manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) as defined or listed under this Act. Sets penalties for violations and for use or possession of such a weapon during a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime. Requires the serial number of any such weapon manufactured after enactment of this Act to clearly show the date on which the weapon was manufactured.

“Makes such provisions inapplicable to: (1) the transfer or possession of any SAW lawfully possessed on the date of this Act's enactment; (2) certain hunting and sporting firearms; (3) the United States, a State, or a political subdivision; (4) the transfer of a SAW by a licensed manufacturer, importer, or dealer to a government entity or to a law enforcement officer authorized to purchase firearms for official use; (5) the possession, by an individual who is retired from service with an LEA and not otherwise prohibited from receiving a firearm, of a SAW transferred to the individual by the agency upon such retirement; and (6) the manufacture, transfer, or possession of a firearm by a licensed manufacturer or importer for purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury.

“(Sec. 110103) Prohibits the transfer or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, with exceptions. Treats such devices as firearms. Sets penalties for violations. Requires any such device manufactured after the date of this Act's enactment to be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured or imported after the effective date of this Act.

“(Sec. 110104) Directs the Attorney General to study and report to the Congress on the impact of this Act on violent and drug trafficking crime.

“Itemizes firearms under various categories as an appendix to Federal firearms provisions.”

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