A ban on assault weapons will lead to “gun confiscation,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa,today warned the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing S. 150, the proposed “Assault Weapons Ban.”
In his opening statement, Grassley said that despite banning “assault weapons,” mass shootings will continue and “criminals will continue to circumvent” the law.
He predicted that after these current measures prove ineffective, “then we will continue to debate whether gun registration is needed and it will lead to gun confiscation.”
The senator reminded the committee that criminals do not comply with existing background check laws, and this type of legislation would punish lawful gun owners, rather than prevent crime.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., however, said the plan to ban a certain type of weapon “demeans the argument,” and the bill has nothing to do with confiscation.
Schumer said “all we are doing is extending the success of the Brady law,” claiming the 1993 act that instituted federal background checks “by almost universal agreement, has been extremely successful without any infringement upon lawful ownership.”