Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007
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The Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007 (H.R.1022) is a gun control bill introduced in the House on February 13, 2007 by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). The bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and then to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on March 19, 2007. While there were no cosponsors originally, the bill gained 34 co-sponsors by March 22, 2007. An additional seven cosponsors signed on after the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre.
The measure would reinstate for ten years repealed criminal provisions regarding assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. It would revise the definition of "semiautomatic assault weapon" to include kits for converting a firearm to such a weapon and any semiautomatic rifle or pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and that has specified characteristics, including a telescoping stock. It prohibits the transfer of such a weapon except through a licensed dealer or a state or local law enforcement agency who whill be subject to requirements.
The bill would direct the Attorney General (AG) to establish and maintain a record of the make, model, and date of manufacture of any such weapon which the AG is made aware has been used in relation to a crime, and of the nature and circumstances of the crime involved. Also, the AG would be required to annually submit the record to Congress and make it available to the public. In addition, the measure would prohibit the transfer of any assault weapon with a large capacity ammunition feeding device, the transfer of such a weapon or device to a juvenile, and the importation of such a device.
As of April 26, 2007, the bill had collected the following cosponsors:
In 2004, Congress failed to renew the original assault weapon ban, passed in 1994, which had a sunset provision. Bush had promised to sign the bill, but did not pressure the Republican-led Congress to pass the meassure. 
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