From the Hart Senate Office Building where the Committee on the Judiciary is marking up four gun regulation proposals:
S.150, Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 (Feinstein)
S.54, Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 (Leahy)
S.374, Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013 (Schumer)
S.146, School Safety Enhancements Act of 2013 (Boxer)
Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asserted skepticism of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) proposed assault weapons ban. Saying it draws arbitrary distinctions, Grassley argued that assault weapons are distinguished solely by cosmetic features, unrelated to their power. He also cited a recent Department of Justice memo stating that an assault weapons ban is “unlikely to have an impact on gun violence” because most firearm homicides would be unaffected by it.