WASHINGTON - A top Democratic lawmaker tried on Thursday to revive a US assault-weapons ban, riding a wave of support for gun control after the killing of 20 children and six adults at a school in Connecticut last month.
Senator Dianne Feinstein and several other Democrats said they were introducing a bill to ban semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. It faces stiff opposition in Congress as well as from the National Rifle Association, the main US lobby for gun manufacturers, and from many Americans.
"Getting this bill signed into law will be an uphill battle, and I recognize that - but it is a battle worth having," Feinstein said at a news conference to announce the bill.
The legislation mirrors some of the proposals that US President Barack Obama offered last week as he vowed to make gun control a top priority in his second term.