In the wake of recent mass shootings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Wednesday plans to bring back an updated bill to ban assault weapons.
Guns came back into the national conversation after the mass shootings at the July 20 midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado, which killed 12 and injured 58 others. Shooter James Holmes, 24, spent $20,000 on ammunition and weapons — including an AR-15 assault rifle and a 100-round drum magazine that could shoot more than 50 rounds per minute. He also had 6,000 rounds of ammo. All of it was purchased legally.
The previous assault weapons ban, passed in 1994, was allowed to expire in 2004. It included a ban on the AR-15 assault rifle, the same weapon used by Holmes.
The Aurora shooting was followed by other shootings that grabbed headlines, including a shooting that killed seven at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and another near the Empire State Building where 11 were shot or injured with two, including the gunman, left dead.
Feinstein has a personal connection to gun violence — she was the president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors when one of her former colleagues shot and killed city supervisor/gay activist Harvey Milk, along with Mayor George Moscone, in 1978 at San Francisco City Hall.
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