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Feinstein: Bills to Ban Assault Weapons Will Be a Priority in Senate and House

The California senator says on 'Meet the Press' bills will be introduced the first day Congress returns.

Bills to return a ban on assault weapons in the United States will be introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives on the first day they are in session next month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein vowed on national television Sunday.

"We've tried to take my bill from '94 to 2004 and perfect it," the California Democrat said on the NBC "Meet The Press" program.

Feinstein authored a federal ban on assault weapons in 1994, a ban that was allowed to expire by Congress during the George W. Bush administration. On NBC today, Feinstein agreed with gun control proponent Michael Bloomberg, the New York mayor, who said he wants "weapons of war off the streets of our cities."

On the NBC program, California’s senior senator said her lawyers have carefully crafted a constitutional bill that will "exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not ... fall under the bill."

She said the 1994 assault rifle bill that she wrote was never challenged in court by the National Rifle Association.

"Back in '93, when I told Joe Biden who was chairman of the Judiciary Committee that I was going to move this as an amendment on the Crime Bill, he laughed at me," Feinstein said.

"He said, 'You’re new here. Wait till you learn,'" Feinstein said. "And we got it through the Senate, we got it through the House, the White House came alive and ... the bill was passed."

The National Rifle Association took down its Facebook page the day of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, USA Today reported Monday. The NRA has declined to comment on gun issues since the slaying of 20 grade school children and seven adults in Connecticut.

Police have said the children were shot multiple times in rapid succession, but have not said if the murder weapons had been in automatic mode - illegal under current laws - or semi-automatic mode - possibly illegal under the 1994 law.

Feinstein, who just won her fourth Senate election, was propelled to the forefront of California politics when she suddenly became mayor of San Francisco when two politicians were murdered there in 1978. She has been a leading voice for gun control since then.

Feinstein's quotes were transcribed by NBC News.

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None December 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I cannot even imagine a law or any language that could have prevented the school shooting. What could possibly be done other than allow our government to confiscate every single gun in our society today including those in the possession of the police, the military and every single gun owned by a citizen of this country. Does anyone really believe another law would prevent someone from committing any act of violence? Timothy McVey used fertilizer and diesel fuel to bring down the federal building in Oklahoma. On 9/11, guns were not used, knives were. Our problem will not be solved by some politician grandstanding to the media after a tragedy has occurred.
Got Silver? December 19, 2012 at 05:21 AM
If you believe getting rid of guns would stop crime, you're oblivious to the fact that crime will exist no matter what weapon is chosen. What would have happened if someone ran a car into the school kids during recess? Would cars be banned? No, firearms are our last line of defense against tyranny and the government stages shootings so that they can use their propaganda to disarm us. If they outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns. Did you know that the Clackmas Mall shooting was stopped by a law abiding citizen who carried a concealed firearm? The shooter entered the mall and started shooting, he shot 2 people before a patriot with a handgun approached the man and told him to drop his weapon. The shooter then turned the gun on himself. A true American ended up saving the lives of many people just for the fact that he had a gun... DO YOU PEOPLE DO ANY RESEARCH?
Diane Brinkley December 22, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Everyone needs to listen to Dianne Feinstein about how she armed herself when her life was threatened (the same choice we as citizens should have) yet she wants the masses to be unarmed. Love the conceal carry she did. What about the rest of us Di Fi? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuBbLeqZbPA&feature=player_embedded You should also google her picture with a gun and see where her trigger finger is....this is someone who claims she knows everything about guns. People it is not the guns doing all the mass shootings....it is the gun-free zones. We are giving these sick claim to fame people a playground of sitting ducks and then ask WHY?
Diane Brinkley December 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
HEADLINES: Two more young children avoided becoming victims of a crime thanks to the 2nd Amendment! First it was the 12 year old girl in Oklahoma and now this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DVJ5V5uvDew
Diane Brinkley December 31, 2012 at 04:53 PM
We warned you folks: Sen. Feinstein's 'Assault Weapon' Ban Really Handgun Ban http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/27/Sen-Feinstein-s-Assault-Weapons-Ban-Is-Really-A-Handgun-Ban If you thought for one second that liberals were only go to ban "assault weapons" you need to wake up NOW! Once they begin to "ban" they can add to the list all of the others.
Diane Brinkley January 01, 2013 at 04:50 AM
THIS story below + the one about the 12 year old girl in Oklahoma and the 2 young kids who were home alone who did not become victims BECAUSE of the 2nd Amendment should be included in the gun debate as what WORKS! Check it out on SNOPES http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/sanantonio.asp
Diane Brinkley January 25, 2013 at 04:38 PM
We told you people that the liberals would define "assault" weapons to include your hunting rifles and handguns! So PLEASE grow some brains!
Diane Brinkley January 26, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Everyone needs to see the list: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/01/the-list-of-weapons-banned-by-feinstein/

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