Members of Congress held a press conference Thursday to introduce legislation banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. In announcing their proposal, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said that this legislation builds on and improves the 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. Feinstein said the proposed ban, which would specifically ban 158 specifically-named military-style firearms and limit magazines to 10 rounds, does not contain a sunset provision. “The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons overtime,” she said.
Sen. Schumer of New York described it as “updated, smart and more robust version” of the 1994 assault weapons ban.
Sen. Blumental said the measure could have prevented the Newtown tragedy, and that it’s more stringent than Connecticut’s existing assault weapons ban. “This measure would have prevented the type of weapon used at Newtown,” said Blumenthal.
“Kids would be alive today in Newtown, Conn. if the law had been in place on December 14. It’s that simple,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, who took on the pro-gun lobby during his address.
“Gun lobby has said it’s feel good legislation. You know what they’re right. It would feel really good,” said Murphy, naming each child killed in the Newtown Massacre.
Assault weapons were displayed at the press conference, which lawmakers pointed to, asking “why do we need these?”