Senate Democrats Wednesday introduced a major gun control bill that would ban so-called assault-style weapons and ammunition.
The bill — sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other Senate Democrats — would make it illegal to sell more than 200 types of semi-automatic weapons as well as magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. The proposal would also ban devices that ramp up firing speed, such as the bump stock used in the Las Vegas shooting last month.
The bill is similar to a 2013 measure Feinstein introduced following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and comes after a string new deadly shootings in October and November.
It would expand background checks to all gun sales and require “a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms.”
“We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason - so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote,” Feinstein said in a statement.
The new version of the bill appears to increase the number of banned firearms from 157 to 205.