Sheila Jackson Lee really said this—
I’ve held an AR-15 in my hand, I wish I had it. 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.
I just weighed my AR-15. With the sling and a loaded magazine it weighs just under 9 pounds. Rep. Lee must have been moving empty boxes.
Although my rifle is chambered for 7.62×39 mm ammunition, most AR-15s are chambered for 5.56 mm NATO rounds. Only a handful use any kind of .50 ammo, and most of those are chambered for .50 Beowulf, a cartridge roughly equivalent to the old black powder .45/70 used by the Army during the last decades of the 19th-century.
UPDATE—Lee’s proposed legislation would ban weapons greater than .50 calibre. Guess what, Gentle Reader. They are already restricted under federal law as destructive devices. However, the law allows the ATF to exempt weapons and ammunition for “sporting purposes” which is why 28, 20, 16, 12, and 10 gauge shotguns are still legal. Is Lee seeking to ban the double-barrel shotguns that Joe Xiden recommends for personal defense in the home?