March 31, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse Leads 100+ Lawmakers In Asking President Biden to Regulate Concealable Assault-Style Rifles

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, along with Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson and Vice Chairs Val Demings and Ed Perlmutter, led a letter signed by over 100 lawmakers asking the Administration to use its authority to regulate concealable assault-style rifles. 

“Too many communities have witnessed horrific and senseless acts of gun violence,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “We must take steps to prevent these tragedies from occurring, including regulating concealable assault-style rifles, which the Administration has the legal authority to do. As Congress works to pass meaningful and common-sense gun violence prevention measures, this action can be taken by the Administration immediately to save lives and protect our communities.” 

For too long, gun manufacturers have designed and marketed concealable AR-15 style firearms which fire rifle rounds to circumvent the National Firearms Act, which is the federal law regulating the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain classes of firearms. The recent tragedy in Boulder, Colorado where 10 people were killed is one in a string of deadly incidents involving this style of weapon. On February 6, 2019, Milwaukee Officer Matthew Rittner was killed by an AK-47 style concealable weapon while trying to execute a search warrant. Later that year on August 4, 2019, a concealable .223 caliber AR-15 style firearm was used to kill 9 people and injure 27 others in Dayton, Ohio in less than 1 minute.

Read the letter here and below:

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Dear President Biden, 

The House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force calls on you to take strong executive action to address serious inequities in the implementation of the National Firearms Act. For too long, gun manufacturers have designed and marketed concealable AR-15 style firearms which fire rifle rounds to circumvent the National Firearms Act, which is the federal law regulating the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain classes of firearms.

Concealable assault-style firearms that fire rifle rounds pose an unreasonable threat to our communities and should be fully regulated under the National Firearms Act consistent with the intent and history of the law. The recent tragedy in Boulder, Colorado where 10 people including a police officer were killed is one in a string of deadly incidents involving this style of weapon. On February 6, 2019, Milwaukee Officer Matthew Rittner was killed by an AK-47 style concealable weapon while trying to execute a search warrant. Later that year on August 4, 2019, a concealable .223 caliber AR-15 style firearm was used to kill 9 people and injure 27 others in Dayton, Ohio in less than 1 minute.

The National Firearms Act has proven to be extremely effective in preventing crimes with the classes of particularly dangerous firearms it regulates through a system requiring a background check, submission of photo identification and fingerprints, and registration of the firearm with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The 1934 law sought to regulate certain weapons because of their frequent use in crime. Some of the features exploited by criminals and included for enhanced regulation under the NFA include, sawed off shotguns, rifles with short barrels and weapons with a high capacity of firing like machine guns.

The concealability and ability to use ammunition capable of penetrating body armor make these firearms especially dangerous on our streets and for law enforcement personnel. We thank you for your commitment to preventing gun violence and urge you to immediately promulgate regulations to cover these concealable assault firearms under the National Firearms Act.

Sincerely,