On Monday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that semi-automatic rifles are personal pleasures for gun owners that need to be set aside for the "general welfare," The Blaze reported Tuesday.
"The mothers, the women, the men of America have to make a decision as to whether their personal pleasure is more important than the general welfare," she told Mitchell.
Feinstein said that Senate Democrats have a hearing on her bill Wednesday and she believes her proposal is constitutional.
"We have a number of witnesses. I think we will make the case that this is constitutional," she added.
The California Democrat told Mitchell she has been working on the bill for a year and said that it's a "complicated" bill because it exempts some 2,200 weapons by make and model.
"I’ve tried to do it carefully. We have 22 co-sponsors. I recognize it’s an uphill battle. But I also know that these events are going to continue and America has to step up. The mothers, the women, the men of America have to make a decision as to whether their personal pleasure is more important than the general welfare," she added.
"Grievance killers look for these weapons," she said. "These weapons are easy to obtain. There are no background checks. You can buy them out of a back of a car, at a gun show. America’s laws are virtually nonexistent and, therefore, I think this is a good bill."
But FBI crime statistics show that far more people are killed with blunt objects than rifles, and handguns -- not semi-automatic rifles -- are used in the vast majority of gun-related murders.
Even if the bill fails, Feinstein said she would continue the fight.
"I did it once before. If it doesn’t get done right now, be assured I will continue to press the case," she said.
Across the country, Democrats have put forward proposals that call for, among other things, confiscation of so-called "assault weapons" and large-capacity magazines.
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