Leading Democrat: Gun control faces uphill climb
WASHINGTON (AP) - Just days before the Senate begins debating new gun control measures supported by President Barack Obama, the Democratic senator who is leading the push to restore an assault weapons ban acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress but has public support.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told CBS television's Face The Nation that a coalition of police, clergy and voters would push forward her gun control measure over objections from the nation's largest gun-rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Ms Feinstein on Thursday introduced a Bill that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds. The White House and fellow Democrats are sceptical the measure is going anywhere, given lawmakers who are looking toward re-election might fear pro-gun voters and the NRA.
"This has always been an uphill fight. This has never been easy. This is the hardest of the hard," Ms Feinstein said.