The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 has cleared the Senate Judiciary committee and will now go to the Senate floor. The bill, which would ban semi-automatic firearms with one or more military-style features and limit magazine size to 10 rounds, passed committee in a 10-8 vote.
All Democrats voted in favor of and all Republicans opposed the bill, which is likely to be the most divisive of all the gun control measures before Congress. Four such measures have now cleared this committee. Two of them–on illegal trafficking and school safety–received bipartisan support. The other two votes, one to expand background checks and the other to renew and strengthen the assault weapons ban, split down party lines.
Blumenthal invoked Newtown to emphasize the importance of both an assault weapons ban and limit on magazine size.
“Both were integral to the massacre that occurred just three months ago,” he said. “This issue is very personal. I was there within hours of the mass killing and I saw the grief and pain that resulted from a murder on a scale that could not have occurred without an assault weapon and high capacity magazine. “