2014 elections threaten an assault weapons ban

Democrats are planning to reintroduce a bill on Thursday that would broadly ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, similar to the one that expired in 2004.The bill, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., would ban over 100 different types of weapons. From the Washington Post:The bill is a far-reaching attempt to rein in the use of such weapons by prohibiting the sale, transfer and manufacturing of more than 100 specific weapons, including certain semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can hold detachable magazines or hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Aides said Wednesday that sponsors were still sorting out specific details of the bill to make the package as politically tenable as possible.But it may be difficult for Senate Democrats to wrangle some members of their own party, like Joe Manchin of W. Va., an NRA-backed senator whose state is home to a number of gun-owners. Manchin has not yet said whether he will support an assault weapons ban, but has faced opposition from his constituents, including a group that picketed his office. Most recently, Manchin said he doesn’t think an assault weapons ban could pass on its own.Continue Reading…

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2014 elections threaten an assault weapons ban

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