Downrange: March 2013
Like other gun-control supporters, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) campaigned for banning handguns in the 1980s. Since the early 1990s, however, she has campaigned for banning a variety of firearms mostly rifles she calls assault weapons, along with any firearm magazine that holds 11 or more rounds of ammunition, which she calls large. The NRA-ILA points out that numbers of all of the firearms and magazines that Sen. Feinstein has advocated banning have risen to all-time highs. Americans now own about 100 million handguns, tens of millions of assault weapons, and many tens of millions of large magazines.