Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, introduced a bill Thursday that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, one of the most contentious proposals in the president's comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence.
The bill, expected to meet fierce opposition in Congress, would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing or importation of more than 150 types of firearms, including semiautomatic rifles or pistols that can be used with ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and have military-style features including pistol grips, grenade launchers or rocket launchers, the Washington Post reports.
Weapons already legally owned when the law takes effect would be exempt, but background checks would be required prior to the sale or transfer of them. Sale or transfer of large capacity magazines owned before the law took effect would not be allowed. "No weapon is taken from anyone," said Feinstein. "The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time."
The bill includes exemptions for more than 2,000 firearm models used for hunting or sporting purposes. Unlike the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired after ten years, the new proposal would be permanent.
Feinstein vowed to push for the measure after last month's shooting rampage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that killed 20 first-graders.