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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claims AR-15s weigh as much as '10 boxes,' and fire .50 caliber bullets
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claims AR-15s weigh as much as '10 boxes,' and fire .50 caliber bullets

'Is it ignorance? Or is it malevolence?'

Gaffe-prone Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Texas) claimed during one of her frequent calls for gun control that an AR-15 weighs as much "as 10 boxes," and shoots a .50 caliber round.

What are the details?

Last week, PJ Media's Nicholas Ballasy shared a clip on Twitter of Jackson Lee telling reporters, "I held an AR-15 in my hand. I wish I hadn't. It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving. And the bullet that is utilized, a .50 caliber, these kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street."

Ballasy reported that back in July, Jackson Lee "introduced several gun control bills in the House, which would ban the possession of firearms over .50 caliber and restrict individuals 'from storing a firearms in a residence' where someone 'under 18 is likely to get access to the firearm without their permission.'"

Radio host and former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch shared a thread on the footage from Blaze Media's Jason Howerton, asking, "How are these people qualified to write legislation on this when they demonstrate such cluelessness?"

Howerton himself asked of Jackson Lee's misinformation, "Is it ignorance? Or is it malevolence?"

The NRA also picked up the video, tweeting it out with the message, "It is unfortunate that someone as ill-informed as Rep. Sheila @JacksonLeeTX18 will be holding a hearing on Wednesday to determine how she can further restrict our rights."

The Daily Caller pointed out: "While an AR-15 — which actually weighs between seven and nine pounds — can technically be custom-built to accommodate a .50-caliber round, the standard model off the shelf fires a .223 or 5.56mm round."

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