Biden should look at facts first…
Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden used a New York Times op-ed to inaccurately claim the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” ban was successful.
Biden wrote about working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to secure a ban on “assault weapons,” which included a ban on “high-capacity” magazines.
Biden did not mention the Department of Justice’s Institute of Justice (NIJ) report explaining the ban’s impact on crime was negligible at best.
Biden’s op-ed also overlooks the fact that the 1994-2004 federal ban did not actually ban “assault weapons.” Rather, it banned cosmetic features of certain guns.
It was also legal to buy “high-capacity” magazines as long as those magazines had been manufactured before the ban began.
Despite these facts, Biden wrote, “The 1994 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines bans worked.”