California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Introduce Gun Legislation

By Lauren Steussy
|  Saturday, Dec 22, 2012  |  Updated 5:58 PM PDT
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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced Sunday she would introduce legislation to address gun control in the wake of Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced Sunday she would introduce legislation to address gun control in the wake of Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The California leader and top Democrat spoke on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning about the need to re-evaluate gun rights as soon as possible, NBC News reported.

The announcement comes two days after the gruesome massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and seven adults were killed, including the gunman.

The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is also believed to have shot and killed his own mother in their Newtown, Conn., home before heading to the school.

Conn. State officials said Lanza used an assault-style rifle during most of the shooting. He also carried a Glock 10mm and Sig Sauer 9mm, both of which also had multiple magazines.

Feinstein, a proponent of gun control, said the bill would seek to limit the sale, transfer and possession of assault weapons, along with the capacity of high-capacity magazines.

"It can be done," she said on Meet the Press.

In 1994, former President Bill Clinton signed a federal ban on assault weapons, but the ban expired in 2004. President Barack Obama has said he favors the ban’s reinstatement.

"We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics," Obama said Friday.

Feinstein said she would introduce the bill on the first day of the new Congress next year.

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