Reps. Chris Jacobs (R-NY) and Brian Fitzgerald (R-PA) voted with House Democrats to pass a ban on at least 45 specific AR-15 rifles Friday.
Breitbart News reported the final vote on the ban was 217 to 213.
The bill, H.R. 1808, was sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).
Cicilline believes stabilizing braces turn AR-pistols into an “automatic weapon.”
The Washington Post observed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushed the bill by recalling the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” ban, which she claimed “saved lives.”
However, Breitbart News noted a Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report, issued as the federal “assault weapons” ban was about to expire in 2004; that report indicated the ban could not be credited with any reduction in crime.
The Washington Times quoted University of Pennsylvania professor Christopher