Democrats in the U.S. Senate unveil a new proposal to ban assault weapons again. Some leaders believe this would help to reduce the number of mass shootings.
A similar weapons ban went into place in 1994. It expired 10 years later, and was never renewed. Now, some legislators want to bring a revised version back.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says, "These are weapons which are semiautomatic you can shoot a round as fast as you can squeeze your trigger. They also carry with them magazines of cartridges which can range from 10 to 100 rounds. "
The proposal would also limit the sale of magazines to only those that carry 10 bullets. It is already illegal for citizens to own fully automatic weapons. Both Senator Feinstein and Senator Durbin believe these weapons have no place outside of the military.
"It has nothing to do with sporting and hunting, even target shooting or self defense we've got to get as many of these weapons as we can off the streets," says Durbin. The Senator wants to remind people 2,200 types of rifles and shot guns still will remain legal if this legislation goes into effect.
Even supporters of the bill admit, it's going to be tough to get passed. It faces stiff opposition from the NRA the Republican party, and even some Democratic representatives. Opponents argue the ban won't work, plus it's unconstitutional.
Illinois Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger says it is a matter of rights, "The reality of it is the 2nd amendment was written to protect your freedoms to bear arms, it wasn't written to protect just your rights to hunt."
He adds, this ban is not the answer to the problem of mass shootings. "The reality of it is this: we're dealing with an issue of the heart when people decide it's ok to take lived and we're not dealing with an issue of it's because of the availability of these weapons. these weapons make their way into America anyway and the vast majority of murders are actually created with guns that don't fall under this category."
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