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H.R. 4269 (114th): Assault Weapons Ban of 2015

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Assault weapons were banned federally under the Bill Clinton administration, from 1994 to 2004, but have been legal federally ever since. (Although several states do ban the weapons.) H.R. 4269, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, was introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (R-RI1) last December about two weeks after the San Bernardino massacre. The bill would reinstate the federal ban from the 1990s.

With 134 Democratic cosponsors and zero Republican cosponsors, this has proven one of the most polarized bills in all of Congress, regardless of subject matter. Conservatives may be turning on the issue, though. Polls this week show the highest support ever for an assault weapons ban, two Fox News hosts have called for a renewed assault weapons ban in recent days, and a highly-publicized analysis found …

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David Cicilline

Sponsor. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015
Length: 124 pages
Dec 16, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 16, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


149 Cosponsors (149 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Maloney and Survivors hold sit-in on National Day of Action for Gun Violence Prevention
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12, 2013-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 29, 2016

Lowey Applauds Executive Actions on Preventing Gun Violence
    — Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 5, 2016

Foster: President Takes Important Steps To Curb Gun Violence, Time For Congress To Act
    — Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 5, 2016

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Dec 16, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4269 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4269. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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