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House Passes Assault Weapons Ban, Faces Little Chance in Senate

  • Democrats’ policing measures were delayed by disagreement
  • House may reconvene during August break for more votes
A salesperson holds a high capacity magazine for an AR-15 rifle at a firearms store in Orem, Utah.

A salesperson holds a high capacity magazine for an AR-15 rifle at a firearms store in Orem, Utah.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg
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The US House voted on Friday evening to ban sales of semi-automatic rifles like those used in recent mass shootings, a largely symbolic move by the Democratic majority that has almost no chance of passing the Senate.

Passage of the legislation 18 years after the expiration of an earlier assault weapons ban came on a party line 217-213 vote. Democrats left out a public safety package that would include increased funding for police departments because they couldn’t agree on provisions dealing with law enforcement accountability for abuses.