“I think there’s a hammerlock on the Congress by the gun owners and gun people, and it doesn’t matter," she said.
Feinstein noted that the gun used at the Los Angeles airport was the same model as the gun used in the 2012 Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting that left twelve dead and 70 injured.
“The weapon was a .223 MP-15, where the MP stands for military and police,” Feinstein said. “Clearly designed not for general consumption, but through practice now for general consumption—same gun that was used at Aurora.”
Following the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. earlier this year, Feinstein criticized fellow members of Congress for letting threats from the National Rifle Association influence their support for gun control reform.
"A fear has set in that if they vote for the bill they won't be re-elected. It's that plain, it's that simple," Feinstein said. "My view is they shouldn't go up to the Senate if they are unwilling to stand up and vote."
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Gun on the ground
A police officer stands over what appears to be a high powered rifle in Terminal 3 at LAX on Friday.
Shuttled to safety
Passengers were shuttled away from Terminal 3, where eye witnesses said a shooter was firing shots with a high-powered rifle on Friday.
Inside the terminal
Police assess the situation at LAX on Friday after a gunman allegedly fired shots near Terminal 3 with an assault rifle.
An aerial view of LAX which was shut down Friday over reports of gunfire coming from Terminal 3 and at least one gunman.
Traffic is backed up on a Los Angeles highway after LAX was shut down Friday over reports of gunfire coming from Terminal 3 and at least one gunman. See this story on www.huffingtonpost.com
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