A new report shows the effectiveness of the 1994-2004 assault weapons ban.

The Orlando shooter was able to massacre scores of innocent people because he was able to purchase a military-style assault weapon.

Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were illegal from 1994-2004, when Congress and the George W. Bush administration allowed it to expire.

A new report, “Mass Mayhem: Mass Shooters and Assault Weapons,” by the non-partisan Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, concludes that the assault weapons ban was effective in preventing mass shootings. Since the ban expired, the number of Americans killed from mass shootings with assault weapons has tripled.

Potential terrorists–as well as anyone set on committing mass murder, whatever the reason, whoever the target–have come to realize that in the U.S., it’s easy to get their hands on these deadly weapons of war.

assault-weapons-ban_360_360Military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines–which made Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown and so many other mass shootings possible–have no place in our communities. We must demand that Congress act now to prevent mass shootings and protect American citizens.

Rep. David N. Cicilline of Rhode Island introduced H.R. 4269, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015. The bill has 125 co-sponsors, but more are needed to move this bill.

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