Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said Sunday she is going to introduce a bill on the first day of the 113th Congress to ban assault weapons, in the wake of the Friday shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, including 20 children.
“It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not fall under the bill. But the purpose of this bill is to get … weapons of war off the streets.”
Asked by host David Gregory why she thinks it will pass now, Mrs. Feinstein harkened back to 1993, when it was first introduced. She said Vice President Joseph R. Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, laughed at her and said, “You’re new here — wait’ll you learn,” when she told him her plans to move it as an amendment to a crime bill.
“And we got it through the Senate, we got it through the House, the White House came alive, and the House of Representatives and the Clinton administration helped, the bill was passed and the president signed it,” she said. “It can be done.”