Senate Democrats introduce new ban on 'assault weapons'

Bill Clark  CQ Roll Call  Newscom

Bill Clark CQ Roll Call Newscom

Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform USA sugar program Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (Calif.), introduced legislation on Wednesday that would ban assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks, devices that can be used to make semi-automatic rifles fire faster.

"To my colleagues in Congress, I say do your job", Feinstein, a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has stated.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a new ban on the sale of assault weapons and bump stocks in the wake of the mass shooting at a Texas church.

The original assault weapons ban passed in 1994, but it had a sunset provision which ended the ban after a decade. Both attempts failed. She tried again after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in 2013, but that measure failed 40-60 in the Senate.

It appears the Democrats chose to bundle a bump stock ban with an "assault weapons" ban in hopes of securing one or the other. "She continues to support common sense actions that help end senseless gun violence in our communities, like banning the sale of devices, such as bump stocks, that convert guns into unlawful automatic weapons, closing the terror loophole and expanding background checks". A least 26 people were killed and many more injured.

Luckily this piece of legislation has very little chance of passing given the the GOP controls the Senate, House, and Presidency. "But we need more than thoughts and prayers".

Feinstein acknowledged the problem, but said, "We've got to start somewhere".

The Assault Weapons Ban, if implemented, would require a background check on future sales, trades or gifts of assault weapons named in the bill as well as require grandfathered assault weapons to be stored in a secure gun storage or with a safety device like a trigger lock. The group is showcasing on its website the armed civilian who wounded the shooter as he was leaving the church, agreeing with the group's slogan, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun".

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