Feinstein proposes new ban on some assault weapons
January 24th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
1 year 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."

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

    If American citizens are supposed to have a right to bear arms so as to support the national defense by creating a militia, shouldn't they have the same weapons as those that are attacking us?

    January 24, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Joey gun

    Hunting rifles are POWERFUL guns. You can't kill a deer with an "assault" rfile. Unless you shoot it 20 times.

    January 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Calidip

    I find it hilarious that anti-gun people think the 2nd Amendment was written for hunting deer and other game, or for skeet shooting. LOL! It was written so that you can shoot your fellow man. Typically, a gov't man. More specifically, a tyrannical gov't man.

    January 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. nh80

    Give us a list of the exceptions and the named "banned" weapons. Are pistols on the exception list or is there a disguised blanket ban on all handguns?

    January 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Know Your Subject

    So Feinstein can't make a rational argument for her bill and has to resort to show-and-tell with scary-looking guns.

    January 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. goodluck

    maybe they should look at the broken mental health system before taking guns away from people... fail

    January 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Scendereo

    This'll be rich.

    A better plan of action for gun control would be to lock up any black males between the ages of 12 and 24. 70% of gun crimes happen because of this block.

    January 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Jeff

    If they take them from the citizens then they better take them from the law enforcemens too!

    January 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I wonder what NRA will say when someone points out that our current gun laws make it easy for the wrong people to buy large amounts of powerful weapons and ammo.

    The NRA is no longer the gun club it used to be. If you want to be in a club with gun owners, then go join your local veterans, Elks or Lions lodge. The NRA's priorities can be discerned by looking at the makeup of their board. They are all owners and top executives of companies that sell weapons and ammo. Not one Joe the Plumber among them. He wouldn't be welcome.

    January 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. chris

    How much money has been wasted on trying to ban/impliment new laws which are not going to help anyone out.

    January 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. nh80

    Funny how so much has been made of the AR-15 and nothing about the semi-auto variants of the AK-47, which to me, is much more of a fearful symbol.

    January 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. lisa s n.j.

    82ABNvet, Your comment was spot on. They want to disarm America.

    January 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Better not take our guns. We may need them to defend ourselves against North Korea. Remember the Japanese didn't attack the US mainland because they knew to many Americans had guns. They knew they couldn't win a war in mainland America.

    January 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Joe

    She's not going to succeed in banning a pea-shooter, much less any of the guns she plans on displaying today. Can't wait to see gun control fizzle and die in Congress.

    January 24, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. pchelp, Juneau, AK

    I favor an 'assault weapon' ban but it's absolutely idiotic to define them in terms of appearance rather than function. Who gives a rip about appearance? Nobody kills others with appearance, only with functionality-but it seems that Feinstein can't (or won't) define 'assault weapon' based on functionality which makes her proposal nothing more than political grandstanding intended to decrease our freedom. Diane, come up with a substantive proposal & I'll support you. Keep up the BS & I'll vote against you.

    January 24, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Metron

    Trashing the 2nd Amendment for votes. Nasty people.

    January 24, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. RonK

    After she's finished showing them off will any of them be for sale? I could use a few more along with some high capacity magazines!

    January 24, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Courage of Leadership

    Bravo Diane! I admire your stand on behalf of the safety of all Americans, and your willingness to run your own campaigns for re-election without NRA blood money.

    January 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. jorge washinsen

    Some of those women law makers know more about off shore tax shelters than guns.

    January 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. MRM

    Cheeseburgers are 'not necessary' so will they be banned next?

    Grandstanding by politicians who don't understand anything about firearms. What is an 'assault' weapon? I can assault you with a pencil!

    January 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. meltemi

    this is just political grandstanding. prohibitions don't work. a violent black market forms to supply the demand. just look at narcotics. how hard is it to get whatever banned drug you want? The last "assault weapons" ban that prohibited guns that looked like real assault weapons didn't work. real assault weapons, which are already banned, are readily available on the street now.

    January 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Ben

    @ Bob Caspar, No grandfather clause?
    That means that someone will have to confiscate them, are you volunteering? You're welcome to try to come and take them from me, but I'm guessing you are too much a coward to do that. You prefer to let police and military do your dirty work.

    January 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. what?

    So now we are saying if it's not necessary then someone shouldn't do it, have it, eat it, use it. Seems like the slippery downhill slope of anti-american behavior has begun.

    You don't need it therefore you should not have it...unless we want to tax you a lot for it.

    January 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Damien

    Whats a "big gun" ? Since when was an ar-15 a big gun? Do you knuckleheads have any idea what .556 round looks like?

    January 24, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. adolffeinstein

    Will she propose to ban the weapon that she carries?

    January 24, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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