Senator Feinstein publishes proposed gun ban legislation

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday released a summary of a sweeping gun ban she intends to introduce to Congress in 2013. Her Senate web page describes it as “a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.”

Her proposed legislation:

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:

•120 specifically-named firearms;

•Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and

•Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.

Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:

•Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;

•Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test; and

•Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans.

Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners 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.

Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

•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.

Despite Feinstein’s good intentions, the whole idea of an “assault weapon” ban is an exercise in futility.

First of all, the previous assault weapon ban had no effect on gun violence. Gun-related crime didn’t drop after the 1994 ban on assault weapons became law. In 2004, when the law expired without being renewed, crime didn’t rise, either.

Second, notwithstanding the horrific nature of the Connecticut school shooting was, FBI statistics show violent crime has decreased for five years in a row, despite the fact that gun control legislation has relaxed, according to Hotair.com.

Third, Feinstein obviously misses the point of the Second Amendment, one of the many federal laws she has sworn to support and defend. She claims that her proposed bill “protects legitimate hunters” by “exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes.”

I know I sound like a broken record, but the Second Amendment’s purpose isn’t “hunting” or “sporting.” It’s for another legitimate purpose — self-defense.

What I really find disturbing, however, is the idea that Feinstein would ban “semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that” — and listen carefully here –“have one or more military characteristics.”

So she wants to ban a tool for self-defense solely on the basis that it looks like a military weapon? What’s next — arresting ferret-faced men with beady eyes because they look like criminals?

RedState TV Editorial Drector Ben Howe looked at the proposal and tweeted: “People calm down. @SenFeinstein doesn’t want to ban all guns. Just ones that have handles, bullets, and triggers. All others are fine.”
I feel better already.

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56 thoughts on “Senator Feinstein publishes proposed gun ban legislation

  1. Jon Bradshaw says:

    @Peter Stown: You should take time to read Darrell Scott thoughts on this issue. Mr Scott lost a daughter @ Columbine.

    He eloquently defends gun ownership & the NRA against the kind of scape-goating displayed by the mainstream media.

  2. BILL says:

    Hello America. Our Thug In Chief Obama and his Bitch of State Billary Clinton wanted me to give you a message. I am the National Crime Commander in charge of ALL criminals in America. Thank you for your support on gun control in light of the recent shootings on behalf of my fellow criminals. Please Please Please continue to push for extreme gun control or even better A Total Gun Confiscation from ALL Americans as we criminals really want ALL AMERICANS to be COMPLETELY DEFENCELESS. That will be our Christmas present of a lifetime. We would love to be able to Carjack you, Rob you, KILL you if you resist, RAPE your entire Family, Steal anything we want from you and commit crimes on a whim anywhere,anytime we feel a fancy to do so KNOWING THAT YOU CANNOT DEFEND YOURSELVES AND YOU WILL BE POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. We get our guns on the BLACK MARKET(Thank You Mr.Obama and Mr.Holder) which CANNOT BE REGULATED AND YOU CANNOT STOP THAT!!!! MAN WE ARE ABOUT TO GET FILTHY RICH!!!!! It just tickles us criminals that the police CANNOT be everywhere to stop us and our President stands behind us. We are seriously considering donating serious money to the Gun Grabbing nut jobs to further their cause. So please keep on screaming at the spineless politicians to ban ALL guns in America. Boy, we can't wait until this happens. It's going to be like shooting fish er people in a school. Only us criminals and the law will have the guns and if the cops get in our way we will just shoot them. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Happy days are a comi'n. Is this a great country or what????? Wow!!!! No fear of being shot while committing our crimes. Raping people will be easy peasy. Keep up the good work America, we will be waiting for you at a Theater, Mall,Church,School Parking Lot near you. P.S. We love to do Home Invasions. They are so much fun and profitable.

  3. James says:

    I have an idea lets ban any car that does 80mph cars kill more people than guns by far. Better yet let's get ride of weed, cocain, meth or any other drugs. Oh wait they are illegal and I could get all the mentioned if I wanted to. So who will have the guns when they are banned?

  4. A says:

    you sir are a fucking idiot guns should always be in the hands of american citizens its to defend ourselves against a corrupt government all the government does is use school shootings to get what they want right after the sandy shooting they are pounding in the gun bans which is wrong also Feinstein is one of very few people with a concealed gun carry permit in San Francisco. Anybody notice Mexico they have a strict gun ban and look how they are the place everyone goes if they do something wrong and guess what the only people who have guns there are the police and the cartel

  5. A says:

    all the people who say we should ban guns are fucking idiots guns should always be in the hands of american citizens its to defend ourselves against a corrupt government all the government does is use school shootings to get what they want right after the sandy shooting they are pounding in the gun bans which is wrong also Feinstein is one of very few people with a concealed gun carry permit in San Francisco. Anybody notice Mexico they have a strict gun ban and look how they are the place everyone goes if they do something wrong and guess what the only people who have guns there are the police and the cartel, heres a link for you all these idiots tried to take guns away and you should know what happened to their countrys http://bradyreports.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/0

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