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Feinstein Says Bills to Ban Assault Weapons Will Be a Priority

The California senator tells “Meet the Press” that bills will be introduced on the first day Congress returns.

Bills to return a ban on assault weapons in the United States will be introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives on the first day they are in session next month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein vowed on national television Sunday.

“We’ve tried to take my bill from ’94 to 2004 and perfect it,” the California Democrat said on the NBC “Meet The Press” program.

Feinstein authored a federal ban on assault weapons in 1994, a ban that was allowed to expire by Congress during the George W. Bush administration. On NBC today, Feinstein agreed with gun control proponent Michael Bloomberg, the New York mayor, who said he wants “weapons of war off the streets of our cities.”

On the NBC program, California’s senior senator said her lawyers have carefully crafted a constitutional bill that will “exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not ... fall under the bill.”

She said the 1994 assault rifle bill that she wrote was never challenged in court by the National Rifle Association.

“Back in ’93, when I told Joe Biden who was chairman of the Judiciary Committee that I was going to move this as an amendment on the Crime Bill, he laughed at me,” Feinstein said.

“He said, ‘you’re new here. Wait till you learn,’ ” Feinstein related.

“And we got it through the Senate, we got it through the House, the White

House came alive and ... the bill was passed.”

The NRA has declined to comment on gun issues since Friday’s slaying of 20 grade school children and seven adults in Connecticut.

Police have said the children were shot multiple times in rapid succession, but have not said if the murder weapons had been in automatic mode—illegal under current laws—or semi-automatic mode—possibly illegal under the 1994 law.

Feinstein, who just won her fourth Senate election, was propelled to the forefront of California politics when she suddenly became mayor of San Francisco when two politicians were murdered there in 1978. She has been a leading voice for gun control since then.

Feinstein’s quotes were transcribed by NBC News.

-City News Service

snoopy December 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Carol look up the definition of special forces that is not the same as putting hundreds of troops on the ground. Better yet Carol go and enjoy the season.
snoopy December 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Me too
Vince December 23, 2012 at 08:53 PM
While you kids are in a petition mood....maybe get one up on this deal too: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/27/travel/2012-traffic-fatalities/index.html Pure carnage...mostly overlooked, yet, bottom line: Caused by auto manufacturer's. Since we will be going back to rocks abd sticks, we may as well do it on foot...bicycles are unsafe too, so don't push that transportation mode, please.
D A December 23, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Shane don't you really spell your name SHAME. They can take my gun from my dead body, But a least i will be at the top of the pile and the last few to die while the liberal markus like you will be at the bottom of the heap. As it is am exchanging my currancy for forign as we speak so as gas goes to $12 dollars a gallon and bread is close to same you just keep on paying your taxes and keep passing the debt onto your children. As far as Obama care I find myself going to other counties for care now and it will only get worse. So Today you get to ROFLMFAO at me and for the rest of my life I get to ROFLMFAO at you. No one really cares what you think.
Things I Learned December 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Don't forget DHMO, the Invisible Killer. From the DHMO awareness website: "Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. What are the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide? Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death. Dihydrogen Monoxide Facts Dihydrogen monoxide: --is also known as hydric acid, and is the major component of acid rain. --contributes to the Greenhouse Effect. --may cause severe burns. --contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. --accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals. --may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes. --has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients." http://www.dhmo.org/truth/Dihydrogen-Monoxide.html

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