Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s career has been defined by gun violence and her efforts to prevent it – from the double assassination that made her mayor of San Francisco, to a recall effort over her gun proposals, to yet another mass shooting at a college campus that took place just 17 hours before she announced her retirement Tuesday. She said that as she closes out her final year in office, she hopes to do more “to fight the epidemic of gun violence” – but stakeholders and experts believe the prospects for further progress before the end of 2024 are dim.
Bilking all expectations, Congress passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation in 2022, the first successful gun control effort since Feinstein’s landmark assault weapons ban in 1994. But that was with a Democratic-controlled House and Senate. With Republicans again in the House majority, more action is unlikely.