Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will reintroduce the Assault Weapons Ban in the wake of the horrific tragedy at Newtown CT's Sandy Hook Elementary. PHOTO: Reuters
The Assault Weapons Ban, which banned high-powered firearms from 1994 to 2004 when it was allowed to expire will be reintroduced on the first day of the new Senate term by California Democrat Diane Feinstein. Feinstein said that the same Assault Weapons Ban would be introduced in the House. Feinstein wrote on her website that the guns that the Assault Weapons Ban would prohibit are designed to kill people, not animals:
Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds? These weapons are not for hunting deer -- they’re for hunting people.
Feinstein laid out details of the Assault Weapons Ban on NBC's Meet the Press:
"It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively," and ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets, Feinstein said. "The purpose of this bill is to get... weapons of war off the streets."
New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg will introduce a ban against high-capacity magazines, which allow shooters to fire off 30 or more shots without reloading.