Senate committee approves assault weapons ban

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WASHINGTON — A federal ban on assault weapons cleared a Democratic-run Senate committee Thursday in a party-line vote after its chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) clashed with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over the 2nd Amendment.

“I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons,” Feinstein snapped at Cruz after he questioned her on the Constitution. “It’s fine if you want to lecture me on the Constitution.  Just know that I’ve been here for a long time,” citing her 20 years on the Judiciary Committee.

Although the 10-8 vote advanced the bill to the full Senate, the hard work now begins for Feinstein, who wrote the 1994 law only to see it expire in 2004.

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Not only did every one of the Judiciary Committee’s Republicans vote against the bill, but Feinstein has struggled to line up support among rural-state Democrats, some of whom are up for reelection next year.  “The road is uphill. I fully understand it,”  said Feinstein, who recently called the assault weapons ban a “life’s mission for me.”

Feinstein’s bill, which is stronger than the 1994 measure, would prohibit the sale, import and manufacture of more than 150 weapons and ammunition magazines that can accept more than 10 rounds.  Those who legally own assault weapons — 3.5 million to 4 million, by one estimate — would be allowed to keep them. Sale of existing weapons would require buyers to undergo background checks.

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  • CallingOutBSMedia

    How come when an officer, or military person holds the same weapon its called "Tactical Rifle" But anyone else its an assault weapon? Is it just me, or is the media at part fault for the misuse of the "assault rifle" term? I prefer to call it a defense weapon if anything. Why not try that for a while. I'm about sick of all the fear mongering the media puts out. Why wouldn't you guys want to do real journalism… rather then reciting AP, and other news sources with your cup of coffee every morning. Take some notes from Ben Swann. This isn't an troll attack. It's just someone sick of seeing BS fear mongering, and fake TV everywhere. Media manipulating peoples ideas, so they don't think for themselves. Blaming a gun for a crazy killer, is about as smart as blaming a spoon for making you fat, or a car for the accident. You going to stop all the deaths by people eating unhealthy, by taking their spoon? Are you going to ban cars for someone getting into a accident? (by far more deaths from cars then all guns combined) Doesn't make sense when you do some critical thinking for your self. Not to mention, Chicago, #1 in gun restrictions, also #1 in murder rates. And i think #1 in gun related crimes as well. How'd those bans work out? Plus all these shootings they show on TV lately were IN gun free zones. What part of "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" don't people understand? Said my piece. Sorry if i offended anyone. But i'm sick of the manipulation, and people taking rights away. How about we try and fix the problem where it lies. That would be in the peoples heads who have done these crazy things. They all have one common bond, they were all heavily medicated on psych meds. Anyone think maybe that's the problem? Not the tool used?

  • Thinker

    I love how mental illness was totally pushed out the door and the focus shifted to guns. Democrats sure care about the people don’t they? They aren’t trying to make it easier to get help and resources, they are just using tragedies to push their agenda.

    I’d like to ask Ms Feinstein how her ban on assault rifles (which is basically a shotgun with fancy add-ons) helped prevent the Columbine shooting? As the previous ban lasted from 1994-2004 and the shootings took place in 1999. And since that time what has been done for mental illness? Nothing. It’s still a dirty little secret no one wants to talk about and carries massive misconceptions with it that push it further into the dark.

    They couldn’t be more off base about fixing the problem if they tried.

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