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Obama Supports Assault Weapon Ban Legislation Proposed By Senator Dianne Feinstein

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The proposed legislation stops sale of more than 100 assault weapons; protects gun owners by exempting more than 900 specific hunting and sporting weapons

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), author of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004, announced on Sunday that she will introduce updated legislation early next year.

“On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds,” Feinstein said.“I am in the process of gathering support for the bill in the Senate and House.”

“I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation,” Feinstein added. “It will be carefully focused on the most dangerous guns that have killed so many people over the years while protecting the rights of gun owners by exempting hundreds of weapons that fall outside the bill’s scope. We must take these dangerous weapons of war off our streets.”

Examples of assault weapons: n Intratec TEC-DC9 with 32-round magazine; a semi-automatic pistol formerly classified as an Assault Weapon under Federal Law.(left) and A semi-automatic Yugoslavian M70AB2 rifle. (right) 

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A Justice Department study found the Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decline in total gun murders. However, since the 2004 expiration of the bill, assault weapons have been used in at least 459 incidents, resulting in 385 deaths and 455 injuries.

            A summary of key provisions in the updated bill:

  • Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of more than 100 specifically-named firearms as well as certain semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
  • Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:

    • grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
    • exempting more than 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting and sporting purposes; and
    • exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.

 

Presidential press spokesman Jay Carney, asked at a press briefing yesterday, about the proposed assault weapon ban. “And you said on Friday as well that the President remains committed to working to reinstate the ban on assault weapon sales.  Senator Feinstein said over the weekend that she will come back from the holidays, next year, with a new Congress, and she will put forth such a proposal.  Will the President and the White House support that effort and help push it?”

MR. CARNEY:  Well, again, I’m not going to engage in specific point-by-point policy proposals or prescriptions.  But the President, as you know, has long supported reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.  And as the President has said, and I just said, this is a complex problem that requires complex and a variety of solutions.  So I don’t have a specific policy outline for you today from the President.  And I think it’s important to remember that this is about our gun laws and enforcing them, but it’s also about a broader series of issues, including issues of mental health and education and the like.

So the President’s position on the assault weapons ban has not changed; he still supports its reenactment.  But you’ll hear from him I think, as he said last night, in the coming weeks to speak more specifically about what he thinks we can do moving forward.

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    • An0nym0us

      “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation,” Feinstein added……

      Well how very convenient for her that there has been an increase in these types of shootings. Now she can introduce this and get it passed immediately, just like the Patriot Act passed immediately after Nine-11. Wasn’t it Rahm Emmanuel that said never let a serious crisis go to waste? Remember- we are doing this for “the children”.

    • Anonymous

      Gee whiz, what on earth can one hunt with a freeking assault rifle? You going to go plink bunnies with a Klashnakov? Some guns are too military for regular people. Common sense would tell this to anyone. Why have one of these unless you are in the military – do you think you are going to attacked by a rogue bunch of squirrels or rabbits? Unbelievable.

    • LightandLife

      I support banning Assault weapons of every kind. GO FOR IT OBAMA!!!

      • Anonymous

        Lightbearer how about banning people that haven’t passed an FBI background check from obtaining any weapons. Your closet queen president isn’t a dictator yet.

    • Banderman

      Banning guns in an attempt to stop violence is like banning money to stop government corruption and waste.

    • westside prepper

      OK PEOPLE ASSAULT WEAPONS ARE FULLY AUTOMATIC CAPABLE THEY ARE ALREADY BANNED FROM PUBLIC THEY ARE TRING TO BAN SEMI AUTO AND HANDGUNS,IN HITLERS OWN ACTIONS DISARM THE PUBLIC SO THEY CANT STOP THE GOVERMENT ITS NOT GUN CONTROL IT IS ONLY CONTROL…I CANT BELIEVE THE DUMB ASS LEFT WINGERS DONT SEE THIS

    • westside prepper

      come on people assault weapons are already banned(fully automatic)this is about controlling the public,and the right to bear arms is nothing about hunting its about self defense and the balance of power from public and the goverment.im not saying im a gun collector im just saying this is only control to take the power from the people and give it to the goverment,you trust our goverment that much.

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