Senate Judiciary Committee Clears Assault Weapons Ban

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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. \”

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17 thoughts on “Senate Judiciary Committee Clears Assault Weapons Ban

  1. America Is Dying

    Way to go. Now they can add to this in CT: WASHINGTON (AP) — A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

    New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.

  2. Kim

    hopefully, the upside will be the booting out of all the Dems who voted for this nonsense, at the next election.

    Remember the turnover when the feds voted in a similar bill under Clinton

    1. Connecticut is Dying Too

      I hope so too Kim. How about we begin a ban on the liberal assualt weapon beginning in November?

      Imagine how much safer this country would be if liberals spent just 1% of the AWB energy on addressing ILLEGAL GUN violence in our cities. 26 people are killed by a AW and Congress acts; THOUSANDS are killed in our streets EACH YEAR with ILLEGAL guns and no one cares. Who speaks on their behalf?

      Another shameless display of libtardian hypocrisy.

    2. America Is Dying

      Kim, we can only hope. The country is also being over taken by a bunch of sickos who want children to have 2 mommies and 2 daddies and they want us to accept it as normal behavior as well.

  3. Mike

    Adam Lanza don’t even use an “assualt weapon”. There is video of the police taking it out of the trunk of his car. Charles Whitman didn’t an “assualt weapon”.

    1. Steve (CT)

      Argh, please stop posting this. A Saiga shotgun was removed from the trunk of the car. The state police has released a list of the firearms used & where they were recovered.

      There is no cover up & even if there were, it would not change the minds of the anti-gun groups or media.

  4. John Joseph

    “…that resulted from a murder on a scale that could not have occurred without an assault weapon and high capacity magazine.”

    The Oklahoma City Bombing? Nah, I think there were only a few fatalities there since it was only an improvised explosive. Thank God McVeigh didn’t use and “assault weapon” with high capacity magazines…….

  5. Bill S.

    John Joseph, Unfortunately you are not very educated on firearms. If Adam L. Had a pistol or another rifle or shotgun he could create the same murders. Assault rifle is a term the media has come up with to label a Armalie Rifle using the M16 design. The civilian version is only capable of semi automatic fire, on pull of the trigger one round fired. Military assault rifles are capable of fully automatic fire, hold the trigger back and gun fires continuously.

      1. Reno

        Many people aren’t even knowledgable about firearms and just “go with the flow” with the same public perception. Learn about firearms before voicing opinions.
        What happened at Sandy Hook & Aurora was very tragic.
        If you don’t know all the firearm facts then don’t say anything.
        FYI: 45 & 9mm caliber bullets do much more damage than a 223 cal round from an AR 15.

  6. sam

    Hopefully this stupidity will be what gets these liberal democrats voted out of office the next election.

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