Lawmakers propose banning 150 firearms

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:45:29 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 10:03:46 PM EST

A senator's proposal may change the way assault weapons are bought and sold in the U.S.


To some it's exciting to look through the sights of an AR-15. To others, it's unnecessary -- even dangerous -- which is why some lawmakers are trying to get rid of them.

A bill introduced Thursday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of more than 150 specific firearms, including semiautomatic rifles and pistols with detachable or fixed ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

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"We should be outraged by how easy it is for perpetrators of these horrific crimes to obtain powerful military-style weapons," said Feinstein.

The bill would not include more than 2,200 firearms used for hunting or other sport, but Phillip Gazaleh, the manager of Green Acres Sporting Goods in Jacksonville, says the proposed legislation may do more harm than good.

"People that have criminal records and can't have guns are still going to have the guns," Gazaleh said. "The only person it's going to affect are the law-abiding citizens who are out buying guns legally."

Those who buy these military-style weapons before the law's potential enactment would also be excluded.

AR-15 have been flying off the shelves as people scramble to get them before they're potentially outlawed.

"Everybody's pretty scared on when that'll come and what it will affect," Gazaleh said.

Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said banning military-type guns is not necessarily the answer.

"It's not necessarily the right thing or the silver bullet that's going to cure it all, but they're just trying to do something," Jefferson said.

Some lawmakers argue it's those types of guns that are the biggest problem, and outlawing them may help protect the public.

"Since the 1994 law expired, there has been an influx of new models of assault weapons," Feinstein said. "These models are more powerful, more lethal and more technologically advanced than the weapons were in 1993."


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