Democrats to drop assault weapon ban in gun control bill

The original plan to ban the weapons was a result of the Newtown massacre in December.

The original plan to ban the weapons was a result of the Newtown massacre in December. (3/20/13)

NEWTOWN - Democrats in Washington announced today that they plan to drop the assault weapons ban from their new gun control bill.

The Newtown massacre in December prompted lawmakers to attempt to ban weapons like the Bushmaster rifle that was used in the murder of 20 young children.

Some people in the Newtown community remain opposed to the assault weapon ban. They say it would be ineffective and a violation of their Second Amendment rights.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored the ban and says she will reintroduce it as an amendment to the gun bill.

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