Lautenberg to revive gun control bill
December 17th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Lautenberg to revive gun control bill

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.

The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January.

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Following last week's deadly attack on a Connecticut elementary school, which left 20 children and six adults dead by the shots of a lone gunman, the debate over gun control has ramped up in the last few days, with some lawmakers pushing harder than in years past to take action.

Lautenberg's office made a similar pledge to reintroduce his bill earlier this year after the shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, though the senator did not specify when he would do it. The Huffington Post first reported Monday that Lautenberg will reintroduce the bill next Congress.

The senator initially brought forth his legislation in January 2011 after a gunman shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head and killed six people in Tucson. The bill, titled "Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act," was packaged with two other bills that addressed the selling of firearms or explosives. However, the legislation did not gain traction in the Senate.

The bill calls for a ban on the sale of magazines that could hold 10 or more rounds of ammunition–similar to devices used in Tucson and Newtown. These types of magazines were rendered illegal when the assault weapons ban was in place from 1994-2004, but Congress did not vote to renew the ban.

Feinstein's proposal, meanwhile, is more encompassing and would reinstate the entire assault weapons ban she originally helped champion.

"It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively. It will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The California senator added she believes the president will support the bill, which will also be introduced in the House.

Polling shows a majority of Americans favor such proposals. According to a CNN/ORC International Poll taken in August shortly after the Aurora shooting, 60% of Americans said they favored a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines. Fifty-seven percent said they favor a similar ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Dave

    You can put all the bans you want on guns, as long as there is a black market for guns out there you will not stop the saleof guns. You need to find these place and stop them before the guns hit the streets.

    December 17, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Robin Sprague

    We have to stop searching for "the reasons" for these violent acts and "the " answer. EVERYTHING must be done- I get sick of the NRA saying there wouldn't be a problem if we enforced the laws on the books. That is not true. Yes we should enforce the laws on the books- but we should also seriously limit the number of guns a person can legally own and no assault weapons should be tolerated. The strictest gun laws should be passed. We need to look past the delivery of mental health services to the FUNDING for them. Perhaps this should be addressed under the affordable health care act. At the state level, especially those with GOP governors, funding is cut for MH on a regular basis. Parity is good, but it can't work unless services are available, Mental health needs to be included in Wellness Insurance Benefits to hellp remove stigma and integration with all health services should be expedited.

    December 17, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. truth, truth and more truth

    liberals and democrats simply don't get it. you do not solve anything by passing laws that make millions of law abiding citizens criminals. ban large clips? carry several smaller one. ban mythical assault rifles? hand guns much easier to conceal and just as deadly. ban all hand guns? renders people completely defenseless while criminals don't care about laws and will have guns.

    why don't you pass laws making insanity illegal and punishable by jail? it makes about as much sense as the rest of these idiotic "solutions". even total confiscation of weapons won't solve the problem. do you have any idea how many people can be killed with easy to obtain and readily available chemicals? and petroleum products?

    yes, solving all of the worlds problems and guaranteeing everybodys safety is a noble cause, but the cost is individual freedoms, while not solving the problem. i don't expect the government to protect me and my kids every second of every day of their lives. i live in the real world and realize each person is at risk every moment. it is called life. learn to live with it.

    December 17, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. ezduzit757

    We may not be able to get back all the guns that are out there, but we can stop selling ammo for them. They are useless without bullets.

    December 17, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. rob

    Will someone please tell me, how is it possible that in the country a child can shoot a firearm, ie. hunting rifle, but cannot smoke ciggarettes or drink a beer legally.

    December 17, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Charlton Heston: From my cold, dead hands!

    He's dead , dinosaur !

    December 17, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. ezduzit757

    truth, truth and more truth – what about the individual freedom to live without the fear that our children will be shot dead at school? Using "easy to obtain chemicals and petroleum products" takes time and planning. Running into your mom's room and grabbing her guns because you're having a bad day is oh, so much easier.

    December 17, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. truth, truth and more truth

    Rudy NYC
    truth somebody wrote:
    what democrat is going to propose the ban on mentally ill people??? all of these shootings were done by mentally ill people. how do laws not targeting them address the problem? ridiculous.
    Actually, the Republians banned, or rather "cured", the mentally ill by cutting their budgets and declaring them sane enough to be released into the general populations. With a single slash of the pen, they got rid of and "banned" significant numbers of mentally ill patiients.
    sorry... aclu, a big democrat liberal organization protected the rights of the mentally ill and got them all released by the courts. reagan had nothing whatsoever to do with anything. they were supposed to go into halfway houses in everybody's neighborhood, but nobody wanted that and after all these shootings, who can blame them.

    just more mayhem and ridiclousness caused by liberals and blamed on others. now being used to further take others constitutional rights. and the beat goes on....

    December 17, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. myviewis

    ezduzit757 – what about the Governor's daughter living in fear that the Union will show up at her soccer game to harrass her or will show up at their church or home??? What about that fear??? isn't that also violence????

    December 17, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Average Joe

    Why is it that the government's solution to everything is more government?

    December 17, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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