Jackson Lee: AR-15s Shoot ‘.50 Caliber’ Rounds

While explaining her efforts to urge the Senate to pass more extreme gun control measures, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee bizarrely described AR-15s as being as “heavy as ten moving boxes,” and claimed that the rifles shoot “.50 caliber” bullets.

“I held an AR-15 in my hand, I wish I hadn’t,” Jackson Lee told reporters. “It is as heavy as ten 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.”

An AR-15 weighs less than ten lbs., not ten moving boxes, unless each box is only a pound. In any case, the weight of a firearm seems a completely senseless reason to urge its banning. As for the caliber: an AR-15 shoots a .22 caliber round chambered in either .223 or 5.56, not .50 caliber, which is dramatically larger.

Democrat lawmakers like Sheila Jackson Lee calling for gun control and confiscation are at best uneducated about firearms; at worst, they simply want the populace disarmed.