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‘Off Our Streets:’ Feinstein, Democrats to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 17, 2012 Last Updated: December 20, 2012
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An AR-15 style rifle sits on the counter at a sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., Dec. 17. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein announced today that she plans on introducing a bill in 2013 that would ban the sale of assault weapons. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An AR-15 style rifle sits on the counter at a sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., Dec. 17. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein announced today that she plans on introducing a bill in 2013 that would ban the sale of assault weapons. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, has said she would introduce legislation to place a ban on assault weapons when Congress meets in 2013. Her proposal would stop the sale, transfer, import, and manufacture of assault weapons, as well as ammunition magazines, clips, and drums holding more than 10 rounds. 

“I am in the process of gathering support for the bill in the Senate and House,” she said in a statement on Monday. 

The term ‘assault weapon’ is one with multiple meanings, and some states have their own definitions, but Feinstein said she has a specific list of guns in mind that would be banned.

There are some 100 firearms that Feinstein is looking to restrict, including semi-automatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns, without naming what they are. These weapons have a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds.

“We must take these dangerous weapons of war off our streets,” she added.

But her office said the measure would protect the rights of hunters and private gun owners, by not including some 900 weapons that are used for hunting and sporting in the weapons ban. It would also exempt antique, manually operated, and completely disabled weapons.

Several other democratic lawmakers, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, were looking to support the measure.

In 1994, Feinstein secured the passage of the first Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired 10 years later.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said that he would oppose Democrats’ attempts at gun control.

“Well, for the reason George Washington said: ‘A free people should be an armed people.’ It ensures against the tyranny of the government, if they know that the biggest army is the American people,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Once you start drawing the line, where do you stop? … Gun laws don’t work,” he said.

At the same time, President Barack Obama is aiming to strengthen the country’s guns laws following last week’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children.

“In the coming weeks, [Obama] would use the power of his office to engage the American people and lawmakers, law enforcement, mental health experts, educators, and others in an effort to try to prevent these kinds of terrible tragedies from happening in the future,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, according to a transcript.

Carney’s statements come after a chorus of Democrats, the media, and some Republicans advocated for stricter gun controls.

“It’s a complex problem that will require a complex solution. No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem,” Carney said. “So I don’t have a specific agenda to announce to you today. I would simply point you to what the president said last night about moving forward in coming weeks; and I would look for him to do that.”

Obama met with members of his cabinet on Monday over the issue, but Carney did not elaborate and stressed that there was no specific timeline for what he would do.

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  • http://twitter.com/DoubleDotter TripleDotter

    I wonder if any Republicans will have the balls to cite the failed statistics of the 94 Gun Ban that doomed Congressional Democrats.

  • stsheetrock

    To teach her son the
    2nd amendment adulthood. Nancy Lanza bought Adam a rifle instead of condom on Bar
    Mitzvah Puberty. Adam killed her and killed all children his mom loved over
    him. Unless the 2nd amendment amended to read: ‘guns-are-police-thing’ we will
    see many of Sandy Hook shootout to come.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Meyer/100002006095454 Dan Meyer

      I wonder if the libs ever get tired of being WRONG. It now comes out that the AR15 was driven to the school, but left in the car and 4 handguns were used. Feinstein goes parading around screeching about assault weapons bans – without having FACTS. Hmmmm even 4 handguns with 10 round magazines – you wind up with the SAME RESULT Mz Feinstein, your ‘gun control’ ALREADY FAILS.

  • Sherif

    this is wrong… and she knows it

    its not a “need” its a RIGHT!!!!!


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