The Blaze -- Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein promised to on the first day of the new Congress introduce legislation that would ban so-called assault weapons and certain types of ammunition.
Now, the Californian senator has posted a summary of this legislation that would be introduced in 2013, showing more details about the provisions that she would hope would be included. And it doesn’t just have to do with what she calls “assault” weapons.
Here are a few bullet points on the guns that would be banned from sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing:
--120 specifically-named firearms
--Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
--Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
Those who have acquired weapons recently under the pretense of being “grandfathered” in under prior laws see mention in Feinstein’s provisions as well. It requires these weapons to be registered under the National Firearms Act that will include collecting the following information:
--Background check of owner and any transferee;
--Type and serial number of the firearm;
--Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
--Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
--Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration
In addition, Feinstein proposes banning large-capacity magazines, which for her includes those that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The proposed legislation would protect hunters and existing gun owners’ rights by:
--Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
--Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
--Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
The legislation also proposes to strength the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and some state bans by forbidding “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons,” among other suggestions. Thumbhole stocks allow for easier more ergonomic grip of the weapon and bullet buttons release an empty magazine quickly to allow the user to pop in a new one, which some have said skirts around existing assault weapon bans.
Check out the legislation’s summary in PDF form here
Blog author's comments - Feinstein's bill is the Democrat's solution to shootings and crime. But, this proposed bill will only penalize the law abiding gun owners. It will not stop the criminals.
This has no doubt been ready and in her filing cabinet for quite a while. Now, after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, they feel this is the time to attempt to pass it. With this so-called "assault weapons" ban bill they are targeting everything - rifles, shotguns and even handguns. The gun-grabbers are going for broke. If this bill passes it would be the effective end of the Second Amendment in America.
We shall see how many members of Congress vote for the proposed bill. Perhaps if Congress stops it, Obama will use an Executive Order to make it law. I knew he would go after guns but he was hesitant to do so during his first term. I don't believe what Feinstein's bill proposes is constitutional.
The bill requires all gun owners to register their guns. The Democrats would soon impose a yearly tax on each gun. The Obama administration wants more control of our lives from health care, taxes and now our Second Amendment rights.