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Assault weapons ban dropped from US Senate bill

US Senate Democrats will ditch a plan to ban assault weapons, all but killing off a key part of a gun control campaign prompted by a recent school massacre.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said her proposal would be left out of the firearms control bill.

Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid made the decision, saying the proposal could not get enough votes.

An assault-type weapon was used in the December massacre that killed 26 at Sandy Hook primary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The shooting shocked the US and revived efforts in Washington DC to prohibit such firearms.

While polls show most Americans back an assault weapon ban, influential pro-gun lobby groups such as the National Rifle Association have pressed lawmakers to oppose such a move.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said she might put forward the assault weapons proposal, similar to a previous one she sponsored that expired in 2004, as an amendment to the bill.

But she would need 60 votes from the 100-member Senate to succeed, a margin analysts say the amendment would be unlikely to reach.

“I very much regret it,” Dianne Feinstein said.

“I tried my best.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein said she might put forward the assault weapons proposal similar to a previous one she sponsored that expired in 2004 as an amendment to the bill 640x359 photo

Senator Dianne Feinstein said she might put forward the assault weapons proposal, similar to a previous one she sponsored that expired in 2004, as an amendment to the bill

The plan had only narrowly passed a Senate panel last week, underlining its poor chances of clearing the full chamber.

It was one of four gun control measures backed by the panel, including expanded background check requirements for people buying guns, harsher punishments for illegal gun trafficking, and more money for security at schools.

Meanwhile, the town of Newtown has seen a surge in applications for gun permits since the massacre at Sandy Hook primary school in which 20 schoolchildren and six teachers were murdered.

There have been 79 requests for gun permits in Newtown since the shooting on December 14, police say, although the town has only issued about 130 licences annually in recent years.

A police official said people were worried about new regulations.

 

  • BillinDetroit

    “An assault-type weapon was used in the December massacre that killed 26 at Sandy Hook primary school in Newtown, Connecticut.”

    This is factually incorrect. Pistols were used. The AR-15 (which is a semi-automatic rifle, not an assault weapon) never left Lanza’s trunk until after the killings. This was filmed by a news helicopter. Most, if not all, of the mainstream media have issued corrections. It is amazing that, out of 26 shootings, in all the confusion a shooting provokes and given Adam Lanza’s lack of professional training, all were fatalities with zero injuries. This, and multiple other anomalies, raise serious questions about the whole incident. It is sad when children die. It is sadder still when they are killed for political gain.