I’m going to introduce in the Senate — and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons. It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession, not retroactively but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets. So there will be a bill. We’ve been working on it now for a year. We’ve tried to take my bill from ‘94 to 2004 and perfect it. We believe we have. We exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not be — fall under the bill. But the purpose of this bill is to get just what Mayor Bloomberg said — weapons of war off the streets of our cities.
I’ll tell you what happened back in ‘93 when I told Joe Biden who was chairman of the Judiciary Committee that I was going to move this as an amendment on the Crime Bill. He laughed at me. He said, you’re new here. Wait till you learn. And we got it through the Senate, we got it through the House, the White House came alive and the House of Representatives and the Clinton administration helped. The bill was passed. And the president signed it. It can be done.
Well, is this the way we want America to go? In other words, the rights of the few overcome the safety of the majority. I don’t think so. I think America is ready. They’re going to have an opportunity with this bill. I’m going to ask and spend my time and create a committee across this nation to support it.
Look, we crafted the last bill. It was right out of my office. And we’re crafting this one. And it’s being done with care. It’ll be ready on the first day. I’ll be announcing House authors. And we’ll be prepared to go. And I hope the nation will really help.
The National Rifle Association never brought the ‘94 assault weapons legislation to court. They knew it would be sustained from the beginning. And I believe this will be sustained as well. You know, all of the things that society regulates, but we can’t touch guns? That’s wrong. We can.