Two Republicans, Chris Jacobs of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, voted with Democrats to ban millions of American firearms
Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, which passed the House on Friday in a partisan vote, goes far beyond banning the AR-15 and re-classifies firearms commonly owned by millions of law-abiding American citizens as assault weapons. The legislation represents the biggest attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights in history and dwarfs the 1994 weapons ban, championed by then-Senator Joe Biden, which expired in 2004. Studies into that legislation have shown it to have had virtually zero impact on stemming gun deaths, merely acting as an aide in disarming law-abiding Americans.
HR 1808, which Democrats are calling the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, passed through the House of Representatives on Friday by a hyperpartisan vote of 217-213. In the process, five Democrats broke with their party to oppose to the gun ban, and two Republicans, Chris Jacobs of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, stood with Democrats to support it. Following the vote, Jacobs and Fitzpatrick were eviscerated by the American Firearms Association, who called them “traitors” and accused them of driving “a knife into the backs of the people who voted them into office.”