U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on Thursday said she is proposing a ban on assault weapons in the Senate, as a similar bill would also be proposed in the House of Representatives.
Feinstein, a California Democrat, made the announcement in an event at the Capitol. She said Reps. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado are proposing a similar legislation in the House.
“We should be outraged at how easy it is” for mass shooters to get hold of semi-automatic weapons or large-capacity magazines used in past shooting rampages, said Feinstein, noting the goal of her proposal is to “dry up the supply of these weapons over time.”
Feinstein’s proposal would renew an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. It would ban the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of more than 100 specialty firearms and certain semi- automatic rifles, as well as limiting magazines to 10 rounds or less.
The restrictions would not apply to guns owned before enactment of any law. Feinstein noted her proposal exempts from the ban more than 2,000 models used for hunting or sporting purposes.
Feinstein’s proposal is in line with the White House push to stop gun violence. But it’s opposed by the powerful gun lobby led by the National Rifle Association (NRA). In a statement, the NRA said Feinstein “has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades.”