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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Tells Gun Owners Semi-Automatic Rifles Are Unnecessary 'Personal Pleasures


"I intend to fight. I did it once before. If it doesn’t get done right now, be assured I will continue to press the case."

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks to members of the press as she arrives at the weekly Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol January 29, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats gathered at the luncheon to discuss Senate Democratic agendas. Credit: Getty Images

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Credit: AP)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is vowing to fight for a ban on so-called "assault weapons" no matter how long the gun control debate rages on. During an MSNBC appearance on Monday, she said semi-automatic rifles are for gun owners' "personal pleasure" and shouldn't trump the nation's safety.

"We will make the case that these weapons do not belong on the streets of our cities," Feinstein said. "I recognize it’s an uphill battle. But I also know that these events are going to continue and America has to step up. The mothers, the women, the men of America have to make a decision as to whether their personal pleasure is more important than the general welfare."

(Related: ‘Law-Abiding, Taxpaying’ Gun Owner Defends Ownership of AR-15 Rifle in Common Sense-Filled Letter to the Editor)

Feinstein said that an all-out ban on semi-automatic rifles is constitutional. Anti-gun lawmakers will make their case during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Hearing on Wednesday. Some of the witnesses include, U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, according to the Washington Times.

"Grievance killers look for these weapons. These weapons are easy to obtain. There are no background checks. You can buy them out of a back of a car, at a gun show. America’s laws are virtually nonexistent and, therefore, I think this is a good bill," she said.

"I intend to fight. I did it once before. If it doesn’t get done right now, be assured I will continue to press the case."

Watch the clip via MSNBC below:

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Editor's note: Thank you to everyone who responded to TheBlaze's inquiry! Read the story with your answers here: We Asked, You Responded: Blaze Readers Passionately Defend Their Ownership of So-Called ‘Assault Weapons’


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