Gun legislation being proposed in wake of school shooting tragedy

Sen. Diane Feinstein says she will propose an assault weapons ban when Congress goes back in session. Her legislation is in response to Friday’s school shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Feinstein authored the last federal assault weapons ban, which has expired.

“This is really the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” Feinstein said in an interview with McClatchy Newspapers. “I’m beside myself over this.”

Here is more from the McClatchy story:

“She says it will ban the sale of more than 100 specified assault weapons, including the Bushmaster assault rifle used in Friday’s massacre, as well as ammo clips and drums containing more than 10 bullets. Similar to the 1994 law, she says the new proposal will exempt more than 900 specified firearms. Unlike the 1994 bill, though, the new version won’t be limited to 10 years.”