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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  • Allan Carter

    This Idiot needs to be stopped. What a Dumb Person. She is just playing to the left wing fools. What she wants to do will have no effect on gun killings. what an Idiot.

  • Nancy Bliss

    I dont think so………… Government needs to stop making it about the guns…. Its about the mental health of our youth! And they are doing NOTHING about that. All these young men have to have something in common. They are all near the same age, and were all mentally ill, and had all taken basically the same medications for that illness. So what made them do basically the same thing? Maybe someone should focus on THAT? This crazy woman needs to get REAL.

  • Hank Sha

    banning crazy women would make our country safer ..If women were able to vote in the 1700's ..we'd still be bowing down to the Queen of England. A police state with no guns in men's hands is her dream..so Hillary can be declared as Queen of America for life.

    • Peter Stown

      Such an ignorant pathetic idiot, if your child was killed in one of the shootings, you would not be saying the nonsense you are saying..

  • Doug

    Why not disarm everyone, make it a Capital Felony to possess any firearm, including Law Enforcement period!! No one needs a firearm according to the Liberals in America. If your caught with or near a firearm it's automatic 50 years in Prison. No trial to Judge No jury, forget the Constitution, the Government will take care of us! No guns no crime??

    • BILL

      You are such a MORON. 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 every where 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 barrel. 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.

      • Joseph Jr

        Don't forget about taking or killing all their pets. Just a token kill. If you idiots that like gun control so much would check out the violent crime rate in Australia. They took the guns and made it illegal to have one loaded in your house. Your gun and ammo have to be in separate safes.Now if I was a criminal I would LOVE living there. I am sure the Aussie police are on the spot when crimes happen. Just like Superman. We are headed towards being a socialist dictatorship. Give up your 2nd amendment rights and see how fast it happens. Try reading just a little history on dictatorships.

  • Phil

    Instead of her stick her head into gun right, why don't she stop President in cutting Medicaid and lowering the cost of living for are SENIORS

  • george

    China as a county has a GUN BAN why can't the US be like that? The chinese school systems don't consider arming chinese school teachers for protection.

    Young school children would NOT be violently attacked in China! …. oh wait , let's rephrase this……..

    • BILL

      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 every where 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 barrel. 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. Thay are so much fun and profitable.

    • Joseph Jr

      Even if there was a school shooting( which I am sure there has been) in China. The world would never hear about it. They don't use guns as much as torture or just having the government come in and shoot you kid. There is tons of violence in China but because the dictator controls the media you never hear about it.

      @George, yes i got the sarcasm . The bad part is there are liberals seriously asking the same question. Liberalism leads to suffering and loss of freedom. All who back this should be impeached for disregarding their oath to protect the Constitution. Instead they are out to destroy it.

    • anon

      China is a homogenous country. They are all Chinese who live in a different culture. U.S. is a diverse country — if you look at the population of different races in prison you will get the point as to why Chinese don't need firearms.

      On the other hand the Chinese peasantry can never throw off the yoke of communism because they are disarmed. Think about that.

  • BILL

    Feinstein is one mentally ill nutjob. What a perfect example of Mental Illness. 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 every where 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 barrel. 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. Thay are so much fun and profitable.

  • Joseph Jr

    Well , she managed to undermine the second amendment in ever sentence she wrote. How will this stop criminals from getting them? These people are reacting in a knee jerk fashion that they always do. They know taking guns from the law abiding citizens will increase violence not decrease it. These so called "public servants" took an oath to "DEFEND " the Constitution. They are doing the opposite. Whether you like guns or not this is an attack on your rights. Our founding fathers knew this would happen. I just hope that Americans are up to the task of preserving our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    • anon

      Unfortunately, America is past the "tipping point". More people blindly follow the messiah as he continues to feed entitlements. People want the Government to run their lives and that's exactly what will be done. Thanks to Boehner and the rest of the GOP or the 2nd amendment would be repealed as would the 22nd. If Obama says it then it will be done.

  • CARL

    JUST ANOTHER DUMBASS LIBERAL.LOOK AT HER STATE AND YOU CAN SEE HOW BAD HER AND PELOSI HAVE SCREWED IT UP

  • CARL

    DUMBASS OLD BROAD NEEDS TO GO AWAY