Democratic U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein says she will introduce an assault guns ban bill into the Senate on the first day Congress returns, and a similar bill will be introduced into the House. Some gun control advocates believe the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 elementary school children and six adults were murdered with a semi-automatic rifle, may be the tipping point to allow responsible gun control legislation to pass.
“I’m going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein told NBC’s David Gregory on “Meet the Press” this morning.
“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, guns, or strips, of more than ten bullets,” Feinstein said. “The purpose of this bill is to get just what Mayor Bloomberg said, weapons of war off the streets.”
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been advocating for gun control laws and came down hard on President Obama for not taking action.
Feinstein added she has been working on the bill, which exempts “over 900 specific weapons,” for a year.
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