SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): I think we are on a track. The question is to where. And it's not enough, I agree with that. What Iâ€™ve been surprised at, as the weapons grow more and more sophisticated over the time, and the kill power increases, and the availability of hundred round drums that can be fed into the weapons increases, that what you have is a situation.
I've watched this over many years. These weapons are very attractive to people who want to remedy a grievance, who just want to kill. They're drawn to these weapons. And theyâ€™re not, these weapons aren't hunting weapons. I mean, do you need a thirty round clip and an AR-15 to hunt? I don't think so.
So I don't understand, and I never have, why this nation is better, how we protect our people better with these weapons being so easily available. So, the bill that I have, which is close to the Connecticut bill just signed by the governor, really doesn't take a weapon away from anybody. If they sell that weapon, there's a background check. If they keep that weapon, it has to be kept with a trigger lock and in a safe. And it exempts 2,258 weapons in 96 pages of bill language by make and model. What it does do is dry up the supply over time. (Morning Joe, April 11, 2013)