Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) predicted that an assault weapons ban would not pass the Congress in the aftermath of Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles’ LAX Airport. The suspected gunman, 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, “pulled a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag” and opened fire at a security checkpoint, killing one TSA agent and wounding six others. The incident is the second airport shooting in six months.
“The weapon was a .223 M&P15, the “M&P” stands for military and police. Clearly designed not for general consumption, but through practice now general consumption. Same gun that was used at Aurora,” she said during an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation, referring to the 2012 movie theater shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
Asked if legislation limiting the ownership of assault weapons could garner Congressional support in the aftermath of the shooting, Feinstein predicted that it could not, adding, “I think there’s a hammerlock on the Congress by the gun owners and gun people, and it doesn’t matter.” Indeed, the NRA has lobbied to make it easier to bring firearms into airports.
In April, Democrats joined Senate Republicans to defeat an amendment to re-establish federal restrictions on certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The measure failed by a vote of 40-60.