The National Rifle Association attacked California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun-control proposal on Thursday — blasting it as a “wrong-headed approach” to addressing the nation’s gun violence in light of the Connecticut school shootings last month.
“Senator Feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades,” the association, founded in 1871 and based in Fairfax, Va., said in a statement. “It’s disappointing but not surprising that she is once again focused on curtailing the Constitution instead of prosecuting criminals or fixing our broken mental-health system.
“The American people know gun bans do not work and we are confident Congress will reject Senator Feinstein’s wrong-headed approach.”
Flanked by displays of 10 assault weapons at a Capitol Hill news conference, Feinstein introduced legislation that prohibits the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
The bill, she said, protects 2,200 “specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes.”
“They are by make and model exempted from the legislation,” Feinstein said, according to Reuters. “Finally, the bill subjects existing or grandfathered weapons to a background check in the event the weapon is sold or transferred.”
The Feinstein bill, however, does ban more than 150 other types of weapons, including handguns and shotguns.