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House of Representatives passes assault weapons ban co-sponsored by Santa Barbara congressman

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The House of Representatives has passed a bill which could ban many types of assault weapons in the United States. But, the legislation still has to go to the Senate for consideration.

But, bill could face tough time in Senate.

The House of Representatives passed gun control legislation which would restrict assault weapons, as well as high-capacity magazines. A Santa Barbara congressman co-sponsored the bill.

HR 1801 would make it illegal to import, sell manufacture, or transfer most kinds of semi-automatic rifles. Many semi-automatic pistols would be restricted. The legislation would also ban high capacity feeding devices the magazines and drums which allow guns to fire more than 10 rapid rounds.

The legislation would not apply to things like antique firearms, manually operated firearms, and specific models of hunting, and sporting firearms.

The legislation was co-sponsored by Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara. He’s been pushing for it for years in wake of numerous mass shootings. But while the House passed the bill, it may not have enough votes to make it through the Senate.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.