11/03/2013 07:57 pm ET Updated Nov 04, 2013

Dianne Feinstein: 'Gun People' Hold A 'Hammerlock' On Gun Control Reform

Three days after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport left one TSA agent dead, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she believed "deep down" in reforming gun control legislation.

“Would I do a bill? Sure I’d do a bill. I believe this down deep in my soul,” Feinstein said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. But the senator said firearms supporters will prevent such legislation from passing.

“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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