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"Assault Weapons" Bans Do Not Work

Rifles of any description are rarely used in violent crime

FBI data shows that four times as many individuals are killed with "knives or cutting instruments," than with rifles of any kind. The data also shows that rifles were listed as being used in fewer homicides than "blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.)" or "personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)."

Studies show that semi-automatic bans do not work

A 1997 Department of Justice-funded study of the 1994 “assault weapons” ban determined that “At best, the assault weapons ban can have only a limited effect on total gun murders because the banned weapons and magazines were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders.”

A 2004 follow-up Department of Justice-funded study determined that “the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”Presented with the overwhelming evidence of the ban’s inefficacy, Congress did not renew it.

In 2018, a RAND Corporation study found no conclusive evidence that such bans have an effect on mass shootings or violent crime.

Ownership of semi-automatic firearms is protected by the U.S. Constitution

In the District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that the Second Amendment protects ownership of arms “in common use” for lawful purposes. Justice Clarence Thomas would elaborate in a dissent from denial of certiorari in Friedman v. Highland Park (2015),

Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting. Under our precedents, that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons.

AR-15s and other commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms are effective for self-defense

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the U.S. The immense popularity of the AR-15 has come about at a time when Americans cite self-defense as their primary reason for owning a gun.

The effectiveness of the commonly-owned semi-automatic rifle in defense of self and others as illustrated in 2017 during an attack on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Upon learning of the attack, resident Stephen Willeford retrieved his AR-15 rifle and shot and wounded the gunman. Since 2017, other Armed Citizens have used commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms to thwart an armed robbery in Texas, stop a trio of home invaders in Oklahoma, and halt a stabbing attack in Illinois.

The Virginia Beach tragedy would not have been prevented by an “assault weapons” ban

The perpetrator of the shooting in Virginia Beach did not use an "assault weapon" to carry out the attack. According to reports, the perpetrator used two semi-automatic .45-caliber pistols.

Gov. Northam recently suggested that this is not a complete list of the gun control measures he wants the General Assembly to consider. Read the latest articles. 

It's critical that every gun owner in the Commonwealth contact their legislators and urge them to OPPOSE Gov. Northam’s and his media allies' gun control agenda. 

NRA-ILA is hosting town hall meetings throughout Virginia— including in Fredericksburg, Ashland, and Belle Haven. 


Washington Post  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Among the priorities of a new Virginia congressman: Void D.C.’s strict gun laws

Rep. Thomas Garrett’s bill, filed March 15, would eliminate the District’s prohibition on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines ...

Roanoke Times  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Virginia: Roanoke council may seek partial gun ban

The Roanoke City Council may ask the General Assembly to add Roanoke to a list of Virginia localities ...



Thursday, December 24, 2015


President Obama appears to be close to fulfilling his threat to impose gun control against the will of ...

The Richmond Times-Dispatch  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Virginia: House subcommittee scuttles more gun control bills

House Republicans on Thursday continued to scrap legislation aimed at regulating or restricting the rights of gun owners ...


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Virginia House subcommittee votes down gun control bills

Several bills proposed during the 2013 session of the General Assembly that would have required background checks for ...

The Washington Times  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Colorado's lesson for Virginia

Sometimes the worst possible gift for a liberal is to give him everything he wants. President Obama no ...


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

McAuliffe: Virginia should ban magazines, institute gun rationing, and criminalize private transfers

Apparently deterred neither by the recent and successful liberalization of state gun laws in Virginia nor by the ...


Monday, March 18, 2013

Killings involving "assault-style" rifles rare in Virginia

In 2011, only a handful of assault style rifles were used in the nearly 200 firearm related homicides ...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Virginia: Senate and House Committees Take Action on Several Firearm-Related Bills

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee and the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee recently held meetings ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Virginia: House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 Will Hear Several Firearm Bills Tomorrow

On Thursday, January 17 at 5:00 p.m. the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 will hold ...


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.