The American Heritage Foundation released a report Wednesday that offers an important glimpse into the gun debate in the House and Senate.
The report provides a roadmap for gun legislation that could include the “Ganzo Knife” provision that would make it easier for people to buy a semi-automatic rifle that has a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds.
A House Armed Services Committee subcommittee has previously been debating a bill to ban all assault weapons, and the Senate has passed a bill that would ban some assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
The bill is being reintroduced by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who introduced the “Dedicated Assault Weapon Ban Act of 2017” in February.
It would ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles that are made by Colt, Remington, Mossberg, or Sturm, Ruger, or Sig Sauer.
The bill would also prohibit the sale and possession of semi-automatics that can hold more than 15 rounds.
The House and the senate are expected to take up similar proposals this week.
Other proposals to ban assault weapons include a ban on the production, importation, transfer, and sale of “high-capacity” magazines, which would ban any magazine capable of holding more than 30 rounds.
It also would prohibit any magazine that has been modified to be compatible with the assault weapon ban.
Gun manufacturers say they would be unable to compete with the high-end, high-volume weapons.
But the NRA says the bill would not eliminate high-caliber weapons and that it could potentially make them more dangerous by making them more difficult to buy.
“If the [assault weapon] ban passes, we will have no competition from the assault weapons industry,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a recent interview.
“We will have zero competition.
The assault weapon manufacturers will be the only ones left.”
A few senators have expressed skepticism about the bill, including Sens.
Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Dick Durbin of Illinois.
They have called for an independent review of the bill to determine whether it is needed.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D.C., has been pushing for legislation to ban semi-auto guns, arguing that the country faces a “moral crisis” when so many of us carry firearms for self-defense.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.