Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday unveiled new legislation aimed at further restricting the Second Amendment.
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 bill is cosponsored by a veritable whoâ€™s who of anti-Trump Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to name a few.
A statement from Feinstein claimed Americans â€œare asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.â€
Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. If weâ€™re going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets.â€” Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 9, 2019
â€œIf weâ€™re going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets,â€ Feinstein wrote on Twitter.
A press release from Feinsteinâ€™s office lists several items anti-gun dems want to see banned, including 205 â€œmilitary-style assault weapons,â€ â€œassault weaponsâ€ which accept detachable ammunition magazines and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammo.
Introducing the bill, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) claimed, â€œMilitary-style assault rifles are the weapons of choice for mass murderers.â€
â€œThereâ€™s just no reason why these guns, which were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, are sold to the public,â€ said Murphy.
Stats published by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, however, show handguns are more commonly used in crimes than AR-15 rifles, which Democrats typically refer to as â€œassault weapons.â€
â€œThe Rockefeller Institute looked at 50-year time frameâ€“1966 to 2016â€“and found that mass shooters preferred handguns to rifles of any kind by a nearly 3 to 1 margin,â€ writes Breitbartâ€™s AWR Hawkins.