House votes to ban semi-automatic weapons after 18-year lapse; likely to stall in Senate

ByLISA MASCARO and KEVIN FREKING via AP logo
Friday, July 29, 2022
AR-15-style rifles are on display at Burbank Ammo & Guns in Burbank, Calif., June 23, 2022.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File

WASHINGTON -- The House has passed legislation to revive a ban on semi-automatic guns. It's a response to the crush of mass shootings ripping through communities nationwide.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the bill forward Friday, but the legislation is likely to go nowhere in the Senate.

Republicans dismiss the measure as an election-year strategy by Democrats.

Once banned in the U.S., the high-powered firearms are now widely blamed in many mass shootings.

Congress allowed the restrictions first put in place in 1994 to expire a decade later, unable to muster the political support to counter the powerful gun lobby.

President Joe Biden has urged passage.