(AP) U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is blaming the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers for the reluctance among many of her colleagues to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as a response to the December massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Speaking to a hometown audience of about 500 people in San Francisco, the California Democrat said Wednesday that the NRA has intimidated senators from southern and western states with threats that the gun lobby would spend heavily to unseat them if they support the restrictions Feinstein is championing.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last month stripped the assault weapons and ammunition bans from the gun-control legislation that Democrats plan to bring to the Senate floor. Reid said he was worried they would doom any reforms.