Washington • The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced legislation to again ban the sale of assault weapons despite the objections of Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee.
The Utah Republicans said the measure by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., would limit Second Amendment rights and was too similar to its predecessor, the 1994 assault weapons ban, that the senators said didn't work. The committee passed the bill by a party-line vote of 10-8.
Lee raised concerns that the legislation didn't take into account the interests of gun owners. "To my knowledge, the overwhelming majority of those weapons are possessed by law-abiding people, and they are used for law-abiding purposes hunting, target practice, self-defense and the like," he said.