Representative Emilia Sykes, Ohio Democrats roll back assault weapons ban in US Congress

Representative Emilia Sykes, Ohio Democrats roll back assault weapons ban in US Congress

Ohio’s five Democratic representatives joined with other Democrats to co-sponsor House Resolution 698, legislation that would reauthorize the ban on assault weapons. No Republicans are among the sponsors of the resolution, including 10 Republican members of Ohio’s congressional delegation.

U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes, who represents Summit County in U.S. Congressional District 13, noted a trend in mass shootings with Tuesday at Michigan State UniversityAs to the reasons for his support.

“Five years after the Parkland tragedy, I am heartbroken to hear of yet another mass shooting. My prayers go out to the students and faculty of Michigan State University, the five injured and the three we lost in this tragedy. However, thoughts and prayers are no longer enough – enough is enough. . We must work on meaningful bipartisan solutions to address this glaring public health emergency,” Sykes said in a release.

Sykes was referring to the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were killed.

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“All Americans deserve safe and secure communities, free from gun violence and mass shootings,” Sykes added. “I proudly co-sponsored HR 698, bipartisan, commonsense legislation that would ban military-style assault weapons, in response to numerous calls from my constituents to ‘do something’ to prevent gun violence. These destructive weapons have no place in our schools, on our streets, Or anywhere in our community.”

The resolution was introduced Feb. 1 by U.S. Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island. It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

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While the full text of the bill has not been published online, the bill, as titled, is intended to ensure “controlling assault weapons, the right to keep and bear arms not unrestricted and for other purposes”.

Although Sykes said the bill has bipartisan support, the 200 co-sponsors listed are Democrats.

Sykes’ office said the bill would “prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition-feeding devices capable of accepting more than ten rounds when protecting hunting and sporting rifles and assault weapons used by members of the military and law enforcement.”

The law prohibits the importation of replicas and assault weapons with semi-automatic capabilities and large-capacity magazines.

Eric Marotta can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @MarottaEric.

This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal: The assault weapons ban has Democratic support, including Sykes of Akron

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