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Feinstein: Bill to Ban Assault Weapons

Bills to return a ban on assault weapons in the United States will be introduced on the first day they are in session next month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein vowed.

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 today.

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

Feinstein authored a federal ban on assault weapons in 1994, a ban that was allowed to expire by Congress in 2004.

On NBC, California's senior senator said her staff has crafted a bill that would "exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not ... fall under the bill."

She said the 1994 assault rifle bill that she wrote was never challenged in court by the National Rifle Association.

"Back in '93, when I told Joe Biden who was chairman of the Judiciary Committee that I was going to move this as an amendment on the Crime Bill, he laughed at me," Feinstein said.

"He said, 'you're new here. Wait till you learn'," Feinstein related. "And we got it through the Senate, we got it through the House, the White House came alive and ... the bill was passed."

The NRA has declined to comment on gun issues since Friday's slaying of 20 grade school children and seven adults in Connecticut.

In 2002, the proposed extension of the assault weapons ban was opposed by the Coalition Against the Semi-Auto Ban, a project of the National Association for Gun Rights.

The group said the original legislation violated the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment; claiming that what the law called assault weapons were rarely used in crimes and that specifying a type of weapon for a ban was a tactic that would lead to banning all weapons.

Feinstein, who just won her fifth Senate election, was propelled to the forefront of California politics when she suddenly became mayor of San Francisco when Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated there in 1978. She has been a leading voice for gun control since then.

Lou Irigoyen December 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I for one am all for taking measures to make it prevent these horrific crimes from being committed, but....once you remove the assault weapons, the maniac will continue to come up with diabolical methods to carry out his mission. We can restrict society from everything that can possibly be dangerous. What do we do about the unpredictable mind of a mad man? How do you prevent a person determined on carrying out what his demented mind is telling him to do? Placing restrictions on guns is a great way to appease the masses, but the reality of it is just as ineffective as the war on drugs. Alot of effort yes. Minimal effect on the problem. Mental illness in America is all around us. In my opinion, unless we start to treat the problem, we will never resolve the symptoms. I am sure that the liberals will argue that our society doesnt need guns anymore, we have police, we have a standing Army. The fact is that gun ownership is a right that is written into the constitution of this great nation. The radical mind might say to lock up anyone with mental illness. Now the liberal will say that is not humane. That is a violation of our civil and human rights. Too many issues to just say ban assault weapons. If this were the solution to end this type of crime, I would be the first one to vote for it. Lets make sure we are thinking clearly before we start modifying our bill of rights. My heart goes out to the families who lost their dear loved ones. Peace be with you.
jammer December 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
And Feinstein, is one of the Communist loonies that should be locked up.
jammer December 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
And Feinstein, is one of the Communist loonies that should be locked up.
scott December 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Well said, Lou. Thank you for your voice of reason.
gsuburban December 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Agreed. How Feinstein got the votes recently is a fraud. The large majority of folks I speak to didn't vote for her yet she is on her 4th term. She is out to get us all from guns to other proposals she "authers". She's too old and mostly never in touch with her citizens to represent any longer. Same for Boxer and a wagon full of others.

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