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The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to ban so-called “assault weapons” following a string of high profile mass shootings.

The bill passed 217-213, according to USA Today.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., sponsored the bill, which would ban the sale, transfer, and manufacture of certain semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and a host of other external features.

It is unlikely to become law as the legislation does not appear to have enough support to overcome the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. 

Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs of New York announced in late May that he would support a ban on assault weapons following a mass shooting in Buffalo, but backlash from Republicans in his constituency was so sever that he promptly announced he would not seek reelection.

Some Republicans did reach across the aisle in late June, however, to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which tightened background checks for younger gun buyers, closed loopholes, and allocated funds for mass shooting prevention programs.

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