INDIANAPOLIS -- The NRA is urging its supporters to contact members of Indianapolis City-County Council and ask them to oppose a proposal that would urge the Indiana General Assembly to ban assault weapons and magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
The NRA Institute for Legislative Action, the group's political and lobbying arm, posted about the proposal Monday on its website:
"This resolution attempts to brand these firearms as 'assault weapons' to drum up unnecessary fear of their ownership. In reality, these firearms are only being defined by aesthetic features that in no way affect the functionality of the firearm."
The web post goes on to say that semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines are, "commonly owned by law-abiding citizens for various purposes such as self-defense, recreation, competition, and hunting."
The NRA wants members of Community Affairs Committee of the City-County Council to vote against the proposal when a vote is taken on June 13.
The resolution cites a 2017 Pew Research Poll which found that 68 percent of adults favor banning assault weapons and 65 percent support a ban on high-capacity magazines.
The resolution also discusses the federal assault weapons ban which was in effect from 1994 to 2004. It states that deaths by gun massacre (defined as six or more deaths) went down during the period of the assault weapons ban, compared to the decades before and after.