Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Senator Dianne Feinstein has always been an advocate of common sense gun control.

Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was a United States federal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons, as well as ammunition defined as “large capacity.”

The ten-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994, following a close 52-48 vote and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It expired on September 13, 2004, in accordance with its sunset provision.

Efforts to pass a new federal assault weapons ban were made in December 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Today, Congress is once again fighting multiple suggestions to reinstate this ban following the string of mass shootings in the United States.