Senate panel passes ban on assault-style weapons
March 14th, 2013
10:53 AM ET
1 year ago

Senate panel passes ban on assault-style weapons

Washington (CNN) - In a meeting rife with angry and emotional exchanges, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a new ban on semiautomatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons.

The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration as part of a package of gun measures prompted by a Connecticut school massacre last December that killed 20 first graders.

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice to see that. The question is how quickly will it get shot down in the Senate (if it makes it through the Senate, then how badly will it fail in the House)? Is there anything about the background checks? That is important as well.

    March 14, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. rs

    It is time to set some facts out- The GOP in doing the bidding for their NRA handlers are actively supporting criminals, crazies and terrorists if they do not pass the100% background check bill. There is no excuse for allowing un-check gun sales anywhere, anymore. The ONLY people who benefit from not undergoing federal background checks are criminals, the insane and terrorist groups. It really is that simple.

    As to their straw dog that registration lists (that may result from such checks) will lead inevitably to gun taking by the government, well, I have to register my cars- I have for 40 years. No one from the city, county, state, or federal government has ever seized one of my cars.

    Almost 4,000 Americans have been killed by guns since the Newtown Massacre on December 14, 2012. Enough is enough!

    March 14, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    It ain't going any further. Guaranteed.

    March 14, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Marty, FL

    GOP senators are once again beholden to lobbyist minority and against the majority of Americans who support a responsible assault weapon ban.

    It's disgusting. Please vote it out next election.

    March 14, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "As to their straw dog that registration lists (that may result from such checks) will lead inevitably to gun taking by the government, well, I have to register my cars- I have for 40 years. No one from the city, county, state, or federal government has ever seized one of my cars."
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    There's no constitutional guaranteed right to own a car. There IS one to keep and bear arms. Capeesh?

    March 14, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "As to their straw dog that registration lists (that may result from such checks) will lead inevitably to gun taking by the government, well, I have to register my cars- I have for 40 years. No one from the city, county, state, or federal government has ever seized one of my cars."
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    Perhaps the worst analogy in the history of the CNN Ticker.

    March 14, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Respect101

    Background check is good. Ban of semi-autos is not. Its funny how this is buried deep in CNNs articles. Almost as if they don't want people to know about it. If they don't know they can't speak out about it.

    March 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Marty, FL

    GOP senators are once again beholden to lobbyist minority and against the majority of Americans who support a responsible assault weapon ban.
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    When this fails in the full democrat controlled Senate, I expect you'll be after their heads as well, eh?

    March 14, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Dee

    A democratic Congresswomen yesterday said the Golden Words , Assault weapons belong in the theater of war, not war in our theaters!!!!! DAH!

    March 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. 82ndABNVET

    Everyone clamoring for an "Assault Weapons" ban does know that according to FBI stats, year after year, RIFLES (which "assualt weapons" are part of) only make up ~4% of all gun related homicides. There are more people killed year after year with blunt objects and hands/feet than "assault weapons".

    Why dont you look at the root cause of the vast majority of all of these incidents. Mental Health. Then add on keeping guns out of the hands of felons, gang bangers, drug slingers and domestic violence convicted individuals.

    This bill has no chance of passing the Senate.............and even if it does, there is no way it will ever pass the House.

    I am for background checks, increased mental health care, security for our schools and other "gun free zones", and maybe even waiting periods to take a gun home after you purchase it.

    But banning "assualt weapons", when statistically they make up the smallest portion of gun murders each and every year makes no sense. Criminals and those with mental problems will just commit crimes and shooting sprees with handguns, shotguns (like what happend yesterday in NY) and explosives.

    Even durring the previous ban, while gun related homicides per year conducted with RIFLES went down, handguns and shotguns went up.

    Just do a bit of research. Google "FBI HOMICIDE GUN TYPE" and that should get you pointed in the right direction.

    March 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Sniffit

    ""As to their straw dog that registration lists (that may result from such checks) will lead inevitably to gun taking by the government, well, I have to register my cars- I have for 40 years. No one from the city, county, state, or federal government has ever seized one of my cars."
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    Perhaps the worst analogy in the history of the CNN Ticker."

    It's actually rather accurate. Nothing in the 2nd would prevent creating a registry that tracks gun ownership and gun transactions in the same manner as auto registries. NOTHING. And no, imaginary slippery slope arguments based not on fact, but rather paranoid delusions and demagoguery, don't make it unconstitutional either.

    March 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "When this fails in the full democrat controlled Senate, I expect you'll be after their heads as well, eh?"

    Does it give yo a tingle up your leg to just totally ignore the reality of the minority party essentially controlling the Senate via broken filibuster rules? Makes you reaaaaaal real happy to just assert things that are blatantly contrary to reality, eh?

    March 14, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "There's no constitutional guaranteed right to own a car. There IS one to keep and bear arms. Capeesh?"

    Too bad that doesn't change the analysis. Distinctions without a difference do not a constitutional analysis make.

    March 14, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. mj

    If some of you would research past statements from the people pushing these bans and the registering of all weapons, you would see that the end game is to try to disarm law abiding citizens. It does not make any difference how many laws are passed the criminals are still going not abide by the law because that is what makes them CRIMINALS. And the crazy people do not have the mental capacity.

    March 14, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    Obama's taking our guns!!!! Everybody buy more and more ammunition and make the gun owners even more wealthy, while we remain poor and paranoid!

    March 14, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Respect101

    @Sniffit, wrong. Again, vehicles are not a god given right. Firearms are. Why do you guys always try to misinterpret its meaning ? Also, the NRA is a groups of organized people. They have millions of members who pay fees. There interest is that of a well organized group of people. Stop playing the blame game. This isn't your country. Its a country for real men.

    March 14, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Marty, FL

    Fair is Fair

    When this fails in the full democrat controlled Senate, I expect you'll be after their heads as well, eh?
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    Don't care if it's D or R, unlike you, eh, 'Fair is Fair?' In this case, it's clear which politicians are beholden to lobbyists over Americans' safety.

    And will see if there is a GOP filibuster in the full Senate–again.

    March 14, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "@Sniffit, wrong. Again, vehicles are not a god given right."

    Distinction without a difference. You clearly know very little about the 2nd Amendment, SCOTUS precedent regarding it and the law in general if you think that a registry for gun ownership and transactions is prohibited by the 2nd Amendment. It's not even really debatable that it would not, not in any way, shape or form, infringe on yoru 2nd Amendment rights. And no, "omg, I'm terrified that it's a precursor to confiscation" does not make it unconstitutional.

    March 14, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Again, vehicles are not a god given right. Firearms are"

    Setting aside the siliness of whether "god" gave people the right to carrya gun, the fact remains that the distinction between a right and a privilege doesn't protect you from Congress creating a registry for tracking gun ownership and transactions. The SCOTUS decisions are pretty clear, despite recent attempts to muddy the precedent by the conservative ideologues on the Court. Congress can limit which guns and weaponry are available to you as long as it's not an absolute ban that would impair your ability to self-defend, and could create a registry, much like the DMV, for gun ownership and transactions. I know that makes you butthurt...and that, in turn, makes me laugh.

    March 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Das Ram

    Sniffit..."It's actually rather accurate. Nothing in the 2nd would prevent creating a registry that tracks gun ownership and gun transactions in the same manner as auto registries. NOTHING. And no, imaginary slippery slope arguments based not on fact, but rather paranoid delusions and demagoguery, don't make it unconstitutional either."

    Nothing? You either cannot read or decidedly ignore definitions, such as the word INFRINGE within the sentence, "SHALL NOT"..

    infringement
    n. 1) a trespassing or illegal entering. 2) in the law of patents...

    As well, this violates rights, of which any License is null and Void, any Fee invalid. Should we also mention the HIGH PROBABILITY of Abuse against Political Dissidents, providing a pathway for Rulers to deny serf's right to defense and property? That was a rhetorical question, Sniffit. Just because you are capable of pounding on a keyboard, certainly does not make your input valid, impartial or even pertinent to others.

    March 14, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Again, vehicles are not a god given right. Firearms are."

    Please explain the "god given right" for Americans to own Firearms. Preferably using facts to bolster your god given claim of god given rights.

    March 14, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    @Terri.

    I don't live my life in fear. I'm free!

    March 14, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Tried buying ammunition lately? Can't find the stuff on the selves these days and that's because our government is stockpiling the stuff."

    Interesting comment. Silly us for picking our noses while thinking the shelves are empty because non-nose picking folks such as yourself are buying the stuff up faster than the manufacturers can produce it.

    Which is in itself a lesson on supply and demand better suited for another thread.

    March 14, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Conserned

    Everyone that committs armed crimes and murder have obtained their firearms illegally! I work as a corrections officer in a state penitentiary, all the inmates that have committed these types of crimes obtained their firearms illegally... No ban is going to stop the sale of ILLEGAL gun. And it was just discussed about taking the firearms from people who purchased the gun legally then committed a crime, you CAN as a law enforcement officer to obtain a search warrent for that person's home to search for anything that is illegal under the terms of their parole/probation ... I AM A FIREARMS OWNER... Mine have YET to harm anyone, I say yet because if anyone attempts to harm myself or my family, I will execute my firearms training with extreme prejudice

    March 14, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Ind.

    Senate = Democrat run part of congress.

    March 14, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |