Feinstein Proposes New Assault Weapons Ban

dianne-feinstein-picWashington (CNN) — Almost six weeks after the Connecticut shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday proposed a new federal ban on some assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, as well as ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

With assault rifles and semi-automatic rifles displayed on one side and police officers who support her proposal behind her, Feinstein said the goal is to “dry up the supply of these weapons over time.”

“These massacres don’t seem to stop,” the California Democrat said, listing notorious rampages of past years known by the lone name of their locations — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson and Oak Creek.

“We should be outraged at how easy it is” for attackers to get hold of the semi-automatic weapons or large-capacity magazines used in those slaughters, Feinstein said.

The legislation, which would update a previous assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, is opposed by the nation’s powerful gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association.

Despite a push by the White House and Democrats for tougher gun control steps, Feinstein’s full measure is given little chance of winning congressional approval.

Feinstein, who authored the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that Congress declined to renew 10 years later, displayed weapons that would be banned, such as a Bushmaster automatic rifle, at Thursday’s news conference.

Some are currently against the law in the District of Columbia, and Democratic sources told CNN the California Democrat coordinated with police on displaying the illegal weapons.

NBC’s David Gregory was recently investigated for holding a banned ammunition magazine on the network’s “Meet the Press” program broadcast from Washington. No charges were brought in that case.

President Barack Obama called for renewing the assault weapons ban as part of his package of gun control proposals announced earlier this month in response to the December 14 Newtown school massacre and overall gun violence in America.

Feinstein’s measure would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of more than 100 specialty firearms and certain semi-automatic rifles, as well as limiting magazines to 10 rounds or less, she said. Not all of the weapons in the bill meet the technical definition of assault weapons.

The measure would not cover weapons already owned before it passed, as well as other hunting, sporting, antique, manually operated and disabled weapons, the senator said.

Those exemptions were an apparent effort to garner support for the measure from conservative Democrats and others expected to face fierce lobbying by the NRA and constituents.

Supporters of more gun control acknowledge the constitutional right to bear arms, but argue that rifles capable of firing multiple rounds automatically or semi-automatically exceed the reasonable needs of hunters and other gun enthusiasts.

They also contend that high-capacity ammunition magazines provide the capability for mass shootings such as the Newtown massacre.

Opponents contend the Second Amendment forbids the government from this type of limit on weapon ownership by citizens.

They worry that such a weakening of gun rights would signal a shift that would leave citizens defenseless against criminals and, some also argue, against potential future government tyranny or abuse. Instead, the NRA has called for increasing armed guards at schools to protect students.

Obama’s proposals include expanding and strengthening background checks on gun buyers to ensure all sales include screening to prevent weapons from going to criminals and the mentally ill.

While the gun lobby has indicated support for some improvements in background checks, it remains opposed to other steps, saying they won’t prevent criminals from getting weapons.

Instead, gun advocates urge tougher enforcement of existing laws and making criminals serve their full sentences.

Vice President Joe Biden led a panel assembled by Obama to examine gun control steps after the Newtown shootings, which sparked a fierce public debate over how to prevent such mass killings. Biden’s recommendations formed the basis of the package of proposals Obama announced this month.

A recent CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll indicated that Americans generally favor stricter gun control, but they don’t believe that stricter gun laws alone would reduce gun violence.

According to the survey, 55% of Americans generally favor stricter gun control laws, with 56% saying that it’s currently too easy to buy guns in this country. However, only 39% say that stricter gun controls would reduce gun violence all by themselves.

In announcing his gun control package, Obama also signed executive actions that call for tougher enforcement of existing laws and require federal agencies to provide data for background checks.

A main focus of Obama’s steps is closing loopholes in background checks. Across the country, more than a million people failed background checks to buy guns during the past 14 years because of criminal records, drug use or mental health issues, according to FBI figures. That figure, however, is a small fraction of overall gun sales.

Obama also called for more money to strengthen gun safety at schools, including hiring more counselors such as retired law enforcement officers to help educate students on gun issues. He also called for additional funding for communities to hire more police officers, but stopped short of seeking the NRA’s proposal for armed guards at every school.

The CNN/Time/ORC poll showed respondents favored armed guards in schools, 54% to 45%.

New York state recently enacted a series of new gun regulations, the nation’s first since the Newtown shootings. Ten other states are reviewing some form of related action.

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41 comments

  • mattzweck

    So more words from the fruits&nuts up in sacramento. They just better not come down here. Us gun owners may not let them by.

  • Greg

    “I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me,” said Feinstein.

    She wants gun reform……

    • PublicNME

      But just for the little people.She can do whatever she wants. That's whats so disturbing about this, is the arrogant abuse of power.

  • Mike

    just another chance to put her face in front of the camera using the victims for her own political gain … how shameful. Use the laws we already have, ban Feinstrein and all her liberal radicals to disarm all Americans.

  • electedface

    40% of guns sold do not perform background checks on the buyer. These are acquired illegally through online gun sales, gun shows, etc.

  • HummingBull

    A LITTLE GUN HISTORY

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
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    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    —- ————- ————-

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. ——————————

    You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

    Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

    With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.

    During WW II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

    If you value your freedom, please spread this anti gun -control message to all of your friends.

    The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain.All else is supplemental.
    SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN! SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE. SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
    IT'S A NO BRAINER! DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.

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  • Smarty

    If the government wanted to round you up they would do it in spite of your guns and your hero fantasy. In the meantime our children are dying which seems to be an okay price for gun extremists to pay for your "right" to play Big Boy Guns with a weapon designed for war. I value human life and a peaceful society over your right to own a weapon of war any day. You will not win this one. Consider earning a university degree or doing something otherwise useful to humanity while you wait for the US Military to turn against its own people. Peace out.

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  • mark

    THAT STUPID 100 YEAR OLD B***H !….WONDER IF SHE OPOSES A BAN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BY 3RD WORLD MONGROLS?…WONDER WHERE SHE STANDS ON THAT LAW BEING BROKEN ON A DAILY BASIS BY THE GOV'T OF CA?…………LMAO @ THAT OLD LADY!

  • Naw Cho Cheesy

    Feinstein needs to be disarmed and Baned she is mentally unstable & no longer knows what shes doing.OK sister hand it over it's for YOUR own good.Trust me.

  • wtsup697

    until I saw the paycheck ov $6738, I have faith …that…my neighbour was like actually receiving money in there spare time at their laptop.. there friend brother has been doing this less than seven months and just now cleard the depts on there home and bourt a great Mercedes. read more at, http://xurl.es/an69x

  • wajlmao

    Sept 11 2001 terrorist attacks almost 3000 people killed , not a single gun used

    April 19, 1995 , Timothy McVeigh detonates a fertilizer bomb in a Ryder truck that killed 168 people and injured over 800 , not a single gun was used.

    Yeah Feinstein you typical hypocritical politician, if people want to kill they will find a way.

    Now go clean your gun lady.

  • malclave

    This bill doesn't go far enough.

    When I was in the Army, an essential part of the uniform was cargo pants… the BATTLE dress uniform. Cargo pants should be outlawed for civilian use… nobody needs that many pockets.

    And while we're at it, I've been seeing stories the last few weeks about the dangers of subways. Subways need to be banned across the country. If it saves even one life it's worth it.

  • uncommon sense

    by the way… how's the graffiti in California doing since they made every store in California install LOCKS on ALL spray paint cans ………