Video: Sen. Dianne Feinstein revives battle to ban assault weapons (poll)

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) takes to Senate floor

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U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks to members of the media November 16, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Feinstein recently announced her plan to revive an effort to ban assault weapons.

The nation's gun laws are the subject of much discussion in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a massacre that left 20 first graders and 6 others dead. Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that she's reviving her push for a ban on military-style assault weapons:

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats haven't pushed for new gun controls since rising to power in the 2008 national elections. Outspoken advocates for stricter laws, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, say that's because of the powerful sway of the National Rifle Association.

But advocates also say the latest shooting is a tipping point that could change the dynamic of the debate dramatically. Feinstein, D-Calif., said she plans to create a national committee devoted to rallying support for a ban on the sale of new assault weapons and will propose legislation next year that would ban big clips, drum and strips of more than 10 bullets.

"It can be done," she said Sunday of reviving the 10-year ban that expired in 2004.

The Connecticut medical examiner who examined the victims of yesterday's elementary school says they were shot multiple times with a rifle. The lightweight, high capacity Bushmaster .223-caliber is popular with law enforcement and the military.

Feinstein's whole appearance on "Meet the Press":

With contributions by Andrea Wang

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