Democratic Senator Calif. Dianne Feinstein Announces Bill To Ban Assault Weapons

After Newtown Dianne Feinstein Eyes Assault Weapons Ban: The Beginning Of ‘Meaningful Action?’

California Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein has come out fighting in the wake of Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I’m going to introduce in the Senate and the same bill will be introduced in the House, a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinsten told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

She added:

“It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets. So there will be a bill. We’ve been working on it now for a year.”

In the aftermath of Newtown — and the spate of unrelated shootings or near-shootings that took place this weekend in Alabama, Indiana, Southern California, and Oklahoma — Feinstein is effectively issuing a rallying cry before Congress resumes in January.

The day after the Newtown slayings, Fox News reported Feinstein saying:

“I hope and trust that in the next session of Congress there will be sustained and thoughtful debate about America’s gun culture and our responsibility to prevent more loss of life. I will do another assault weapons ban.”

Connecticut State Police Spokesman, Lt J. Paul Vance, detailed the firearms arsenal that Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children, 6 adults, his mother, and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

It’s not the first time the Senator has gone after guns and the culture that underpins it.

The Huffington Post notes that Feinstein co-sponsored a 1993 bill banning assault weapons that was signed into law under President Clinton’s administration in 1994 after the 101 California Street shooting in San Francisco.

Since then, anti and pro gun lobbies have thrown statistics and studies at each other, with one side claiming Federal Assault Weapons Bans don’t reduce or prevent gun crime, while the other argues it does.

Fast forward to 2012, Feinstein called for the ban to be renewed after the mass shootings in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. At the time, Feinstein wrote on her public campaign wesbsite:

“Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds? These weapons are not for hunting deer — they’re for hunting people.”

According to a CNN report today, Connecticut State Police spokesman, Lt. J. Paul Vance said:

“[Adam] Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-type rifle to gun down children in two classrooms” before turning a handgun on himself.

CNN also spoke to Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy who added: “He [Lanza] penetrated the building by literally shooting an entrance into the building. That’s what an assault weapon can do for you.”

Vance also told reporters a shotgun was found in the vehicle Lanza parked outside the school. The 20-year-old also had a Glock 10mm, a Sig Sauer 9mm, “multiple magazines” and extra ammunition.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre and countless other outrages in America the gun law debate has now reached fever pitch
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