WATCH: Sheila Jackson Lee: AR-15 Rifles Shoot ‘.50 Caliber’ Bullets

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee speaks to members of the media outside the room where former White House communications director Hope Hicks testified at a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee June 19, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hicks is the first former Trump aide to testify …
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While explaining her efforts to urge the Senate to pass gun control, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) described AR-15s as “heavy” rifles that shoot “.50 caliber” bullets.

Lee said she held an AR-15 but wishes she had not, due to its incredible weight. She said, “It is as heavy as 10 boxes that you might be moving.”

She also suggested AR-15s shoot “.50 caliber” bullets, and claimed “[those] kinds of bullets need to be licensed and do not need to be on the street.”

In reality, an AR-15 shoots a .22 caliber round either chambered in .223 or 5.56.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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