After the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre gun control supporters have pushed for a new assault weapons ban. Now the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering it.
The panel on Wednesday will hold the first hearing on a proposed revamped assault weapons ban, USA Today reports. A ban was in effect from 1994 to 2004, when it expired because Congress didn't renew it. The future of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would ban 157 kinds of "military-style" assault weapons.
Feinstein, the author of the first ban, will preside over the hearing. It will feature testimony from Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was one of the 20 schoolchildren shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
But getting the proposal enacted into law is an uphill climb, to say the least. The Democratic-controlled Senate will be challenge enough. But prospects are even worse in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. Neither the House nor the Senate versions of the assault weapons ban have Republican co-sponsors.
Via USA Today.