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Feinstein: Bills to Ban Assault Weapons Will Be a Priority

The California senator plans to introduce new legislation on the first day Congress is in session


Bills to return a ban on assault weapons in the United States will be introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives on the first day they are in session next month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein vowed on national television recently.

“We’ve tried to take my bill from ’94 to 2004 and perfect it,” the California Democrat said on NBC's “Meet The Press."

Feinstein authored a federal ban on assault weapons in 1994, a ban that was allowed to expire by Congress during the George W. Bush administration. On NBC last week, Feinstein agreed with gun control proponent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said he wants “weapons of war off the streets of our cities.”

California’s senior senator said her lawyers have carefully crafted a constitutional bill that will “exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not ... fall under the bill.”  Feinstein has also promised to "grandfather in" weapons legally possessed on the date of the enactment.

Police have said the children killed in the Newtown, Conn. massacre were shot multiple times in rapid succession using an AR-15, an assault-type of rifle.

Meanwhile, the Press Democrat is reporting an increase in sales at North Bay gun shops in anticipation of a federal crackdown on assault weapons. 

“All you have to do is tell people that they can’t have it and they’ll want it,” one local gun shop owner told the paper. “They are nervous about having their rights taken away from them.”

Are you in favor of a federal ban on assault weapons? Why or why not?

George Barich December 30, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Active Thinker December 31, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Hitler? Oh my. These type of guns don't belong. The right of the people to ?? Things change...slavery was legal then too...and women could not vote. It's not until it happens close to home do people want to make anything happen...it's also about mental illness...guns really don't kill people it the people using them...let's make it harder to get them and not have freaky assault rifles available...but also get more into mental illness and seeing why it happens...solution? Put armed cops at schools? people say no way...well it already happens in SF...
kade January 02, 2013 at 05:55 AM
"Assault rifles'' are already banned becuase ''Assault rifles'' are full auto with a selector switch. civilains can own semi auto rifles that look like assault rifles. someone can do just as much killing to little kids with a long knife. i say no more laws. why are the good law biding citizens getting punished for someone else's screw up? WHY
boethius January 03, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Sandy Hook = America's Reichstag Fire. 'Nuf said.
Ron Wood January 08, 2013 at 10:28 PM
False. The current M-16 does not go "full auto" ,it can do a 3 rd burst. Any idiot knows a deer rifle like my brother's Remington,while accurate,is bolt action and after 8 shots,it takes a minute to reload. The Semi-Auto versions of an AK-47 or AK 74,a M-16 or it's copies...is STILL an asault rifle. In fact...many can be CONVERTED back to full auto with an illegal kit you can buy under the table at gun shows in Texas. Even so...Lantz COULD have went for body count,murdered 3 times more tots.


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