Assault Weapons Ban Dropped from Senate Gun Control Bill

Published:3:10 pm EDT, March 19, 2013| Updated:3:11 pm EDT, March 19, 2013|
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Photo courtesy of Politico.

A proposed assault weapons ban, which was meant to be a part of a future Democratic gun bill, will not become a part of the document after all. The Democratic bill, which is expected to land on the Senate floor next month, will not feature the ban.

Fox News reported that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) discovered that her ban on 157 kinds of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines would not go through. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met with Feinstein and told her her ban could later be offered as an amendment instead.

Feinstein spoke with Politico and gave her thoughts on the news, citing that she was "disappointed" in the decision:

My understanding is it will not be [part of the base bill]. It will be separate. I would like to [see the bill moved], but the leader has decided not to do it.

Senator Feinstein has supported the nation's gun control stance ever since President Obama called for more gun regulations following the wake of mass shootings last year. Here are some of the key measures of Senator Feinstein's Assault Weapons ban of 2013, which has officially been dropped:

Prohibits the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 157 currently-available military-style assault weapons;
Bans all other assault weapons that can accept a detachable ammunition magazine and have one or more military characteristics;
Bans large-capacity magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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