Feinstein proposes new ban on some assault weapons
January 24th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Feinstein proposes new ban on some assault weapons

Washington (CNN) - Almost six weeks after the Connecticut shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday proposed a new federal ban on some assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, as well as ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

With assault rifles and semi-automatic rifles displayed on one side and police officers who support her proposal behind her, Feinstein said the goal is to "dry up the supply of these weapons over time."


Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun rights • Senate
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  1. RR

    Assault weapons should only be allow for people who pass background checks. If you are going to ban them, ban them completely in the USA.

    January 24, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Bob Caspar

    Do NOT include a "Grandfather" Clause. These types of semiautomatic weapons will be on the streets for years and years to come if you do this and you will not effect the problems that are faced today. If people ran out and bought these weapons in the last 6 to 8 weeks – TOO BAD. They should have known that there was the possibility that these weapons would be band. They should not have spent there money. DO NOT GRANDFATHER THESE WEAPONS

    January 24, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Robert

    Please learn the difference between a CLIP and a MAGAZINE. You sound like fools when you say CLIP. They are NOT the same.

    January 24, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Nope- the lady will display some semi-automatic guns that have been around for 100 years before the gunmakers decided it would be cool to make them look like some kind of military scarey looking creation. True assault weapons, meaning one trigger pull and multiple shots, are already illegal.

    January 24, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    Weapon used in wars, does not belong in Americans homes. These weapons are not used for sportsmanship, they are used to hunt human beings. Magazines with more than 10 rounds do not belong in American homes. Common sense must be used by all who are capable to use common sense. More emphasis show be given to those in need of continuous mental health help . First thing cut by States, as well as federal government, is mental health facilities and providers Help is given to children , but young adults and older citizens have to fend for themselves.

    January 24, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Most polls show the opposite trends. Support for an assault weapons ban has gone up since late December. One poll showed support for a national background check system to be as high as 90%.

    January 24, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. John red

    Great revenue generator....

    January 24, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. 82nd ABN Vet

    So........................she would have us ban a Marlin Model 60 .22lr semi-automatic rifle because its semi-auto and can hold more than 10 rounds? If you dont belive me, check other sites such as the Blaze or Drudge. They break down exactly what types of guns will be banned.

    I mean seriously, a .22lr? Because what, its so big, bad, powerful, and scary looking?

    She is only concered really with "cosmetic features" and not "functional features" that would technically constitute an "assualt weapon".

    This is all an effort to to eventually disarm the American people.

    January 24, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. I watch fox now...

    Puppets and liars. Just get in the train...we just want to give you a shower.

    January 24, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. T-Dog

    I am going to love to watch the gun control push implode. You will NEVER disarm the American people.

    January 24, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Marie MD

    I know she would never do it but bring pictures of the closed caskets of six year olds because of the damage 11 bullets dried to at least one small child.

    January 24, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Cory

    CNN... First off, your stats are wrong for the way they are stated, please correct them.

    Second, It is impossible for any inanimate object to be a weapon without a "user". Are you stating people will be using guns at this gathering? I doubt it. Please correct.

    Third, please provide fair and honest reporting. I know this is an impossible request, however I must be fair and ask.

    January 24, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Leilani Peleti

    I'm not a history major but I'm pretty sure that when the people wrote about guns in the constitution they never thought that assault weapons would ever be an issue. Why would a regular citizen need to possess a gun that powerful. Guns to hunt with check a gun to protect yourself and your family check a gun strong enough to take out 20 people uh it's not rocket science. Yes people have a right to protect themselves within reason. The big guns were made for big fights no one is having WWII in their backyard so why would anyone need a gun to protect themselves in that way. The Army the Navy the Marines if you wanna play with big guns join 1 of them. Just because they are there does not mean they should be available to everybody. I really don't see what there is to vote about if your occupation does not consist of a AK47 then you just can't have 1 period

    January 24, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Thomas

    next they will want to take away my twinkly's and monster energy drinks , I con no longer smoke on airplanes.

    taking my assault is like taking my library card because bad people didn't return there books .

    January 24, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Just Kyle

    Of course she has to display guns at her gun ban announcement. Otherwise, how could anyone see how scary they all look? Be afraid America! Be afraid of guns!

    January 24, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. rs

    1,173 Americans are dead because of guns since the Newtown Massacre on Dec. 14, 2012. Congress MUST act. The NRA has lost sight of the needs of gun owners and gun rights advocates and have become a front for gun-makers, and Congress must shake off their poisonous lobbying.

    No one is taking about taking anyones' guns. This is about limiting access to the preferred weapons of both single and mass-murders alike. To defend their right over ours to have a safe and orderly society makes no sense.

    The Cold War mentality is now costing us all: Police need ever better weapons to be able to go up against criminals; we are paying more as taxpayers for ever more police, weapons, and bullet-proof protection. Never mind the millions (if not billions) of dollars lost through death, medical costs and lost wages owing to guns.

    Enact strict background checks, end private and gun show sales, limit clip capacity, ammo strength and tax guns and gun-related material to support police, and public safety initiatives.

    January 24, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Democrat4Life

    Really hoping they ban the scary looking ones. Enough is enough.

    January 24, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Jerry

    If we trusted our government more we might be more in support of things like an improved registration process.

    January 24, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. derekreidy

    And what exactly gives her the right to determine what is "necessary"?? I'm sorry but, you could ban every type of firearm in this country. Murders will still happen. Deal with the criminals and the criminal justice system. Don't just ban guns and think it will solve the problem.

    January 24, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Anonymous

    All I am going to say on this is that I am from a town where everyone literally owns at least one gun, and the amount of gun crime is almost nothing. You would have to be a complete idiot to break into someone's house in Craig. I am not exaggerating or anything.

    January 24, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Wafflemania

    Sometimes the government has to protect people through legislation, ie: seat belts and this is one of those times.

    No civilian needs an assault rifle & this legislation needs to happen.

    January 24, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Foo

    She get's an F.

    January 24, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Jerry

    She does not need a fire arm to defend herself. Criminals just need to take one look at her and they will surely will flee.

    But, like other Democrats and Clueless Obamaloney, she just needs to put on her "acting" face. Oh well...

    January 24, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. anon

    Thanks for doubling the value of my gun collection overnight, Dianna. Keep up the good work.

    January 24, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Oh boy here we go.
    And we thought the battle over debt & spending would be ugly & bitter.

    January 24, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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