WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is expected to bring about a bill calling for a ban on assault weapons at the start of the new Congress.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California told “Meet The Press” on Sunday that she plans on introducing a bill on the first day of the new Congress that would ban assault weapons. Weinstein, a Democrat, said she expects President Barack Obama to support the bill.
“I believe he will,” Feinstein said in response to whether the president would give his backing to the bill.
Though there are few details known at this time as to what Feinstein’s proposal would include, the bill could be based on the state law in California that controls semiautomatic weapons, barring the majority of weapons with detachable magazines and an additional extra feature like a folding stock. The Albany Times Union reports that Feinstein is expected to be joined in the effort by N.Y. Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“There have been a rash of these unbelievably horrible incidents, culminating in yesterday’s shocking act in Newtown,” Schumer said in a statement Saturday. “I am hopeful that yesterday’s unspeakable events will cause the nation to re-examine its position on guns, and allow us to come to a solution that still preserves the right to bear arms for law-abiding citizens, but makes it much harder for those who would do us harm to obtain firearms.”
The renewed fight against assault weapons comes in the wake of the elementary-school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday that killed 27 people, including 20 children.