Assault Weapons Ban: Bill to Be Introduced in 2013

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In the wake of Friday's Connecticut school shooting, a U.S. Senator says she plans to propose an assault weapons ban on the first day of Congress' new session in 2013.

President Obama's Newtown speech Sunday night promised strong action to prevent further tragedies, but steered clear of specifics in that particular setting.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was more direct.

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"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 said on NBC's Meet the Press.

The sickening murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza has rekindled a familiar, national gun control debate.

Some legislators (mainly Democrats) say gun laws need to be tightened; others maintain that such regulations are impractical, ineffective and unconstitutional.

President Bill Clinton signed an assault weapons ban into law in 1994, but the measure included a sunset provision and expired a decade later.

Democrats have tried several times since then to renew the ban, without success; President Obama has not made gun control a priority of his time in office.

Feinstein also called for the ban to be renewed after James Holmes massacred an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

"Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?" Feinstein said.

"These weapons are not for hunting deer - they’re for hunting people."

On Sunday Feinstein laid out details of the bill: "It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively."

It will also ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets, Feinstein said, with the bill's simple purpose being "to get weapons of war off the streets."

Feinstein would not comment on whether President Obama had failed to lead on gun control thus far. "He is going to have a bill to lead on," she said.

Should major gun control laws like this one be passed?


First off, an assault weapon is a fully automatic weapon which is already HEAVILY regulated and very expensive to own, if you can get one at all. These "assaut weapons" they have tried to ban in the past is nothing more than a scary looking rifle. Much the same way someone would paint and accessorize their jeep to make it look like a military vehicle, these "assault weapons" that they want to ban are nothing more than accessorized guns. This type of legislation will do nothing. The laws currently in place worked. The shooter tried to buy a gun but realized that 1. he wasn't old enough to buy a handgun, 2. a permit is required to buy a gun, and 3. there is a 14 day wait in that state. Now, if you want to enact legislation regulating/requiring the proper storage to prevent unauthorized persons from stealing firearms I am all for it but this won't work. While it may feel good to attempt to enact legislation in the wake of this horrible tragedy, it will do nothing to stop an evil person with evil intentions. See Oklahoma City.


I think that stopping the sale of assault weapons could be a good thing. It will not stop killing but anything to keep it away from multiples. In the meantime why doesn't the country do something to stop killings as in - ABORTIONS since we are in this moment of protecting children!


addressing this issue is a lot more complicated that banning these items. I agree that fully automatic large capacity firearms are not needed but responsible gun ownership is just as important. If I want to drive a car or fly a plane I am rigorously tested. Why not do something similar for guns. His mother was just as much to blame because she gave a sick man access to her firearms. Improve healthcare for mental illness, make it harder to get guns, make intensive gun safety courses mandatory, improve school security and continually investigate how to prevent this grade of violence in America.


First off Banning Guns is not the answer. It only takes 1 shot to take something down. Just because a gun has a 100 round capacity does not mean that it was meant to be used on humans, only someone with a sick mind would say that. The problem is when the Law Makers stepped in and made it illegal to bust our kids butts or to use a belt on them to make them mind. Then comes the Video Games in which you can wipe out a whole town. Its the Parenting not the Guns Open your eyes.

@ Hunter1972

I strongly agree with your parenting comment. Guns have been around for hundreds of years and only now have these random shootings gotten worse. It amazes me when an idiot does what he did and Americans blame guns again whats changed. For one technology's changed, I'm all for violent video games but now days with our lack of parenting it's probably not a bad idea to regulate those. Second parenting sucks most parents are to busy on the phone or doing other thing and they rely on teachers to do the disciplining. That becomes a problem because our society is taking part in the pussification of our kids. They don't fail anymore, heaven forbid you punish a kid that deserves it, and if your kid is acting like a normal child well, we have a pill for that. Since were talking about putting more bans on guns, which makes no sense at this moment, lets outlaw cellphones. How many people have died or killed others because they were using there phone and driving. If you have a justification for not banning cellphones apply it too banning guns cause essentially its the same thing.

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