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Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill To Disarm America

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Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)-  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)—author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004—has announced that on the first day of the new Congress—January 3rd— she will introduce a bill to which her 1994 ban will pale by comparison.

On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation” and “It will be carefully focused.” Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012.

According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein’s website and a draft of the bill obtained by NRA-ILA, the new ban would, among other things, adopt new definitions of “assault weapon” that would affect a much larger variety of firearms, require current owners of such firearms to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act, and require forfeiture of the firearms upon the deaths of their current owners. Some of the changes in Feinstein’s new bill are as follows:

  • Reduces, from two to one, the number of permitted external features on various firearms.  The 1994 ban permitted various firearms to be manufactured only if they were assembled with no more than one feature listed in the law. Feinstein’s new bill would prohibit the manufacture of the same firearms with even one of the features.
  • Adopts new lists of prohibited external features. For example, whereas the 1994 ban applied to a rifle or shotgun the “pistol grip” of which “protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon,” the new bill would drastically expand the definition to include any “grip . . . or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” Also, the new bill adds “forward grip” to the list of prohibiting features for rifles, defining it as “a grip located forward of the trigger that functions as a pistol grip.” Read literally and in conjunction with the reduction from two features to one, the new language would apply to every detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifle. At a minimum, it would, for example, ban all models of the AR-15, even those developed for compliance with California’s highly restrictive ban.
  •  Carries hyperbole further than the 1994 ban. Feinstein’s 1994 ban listed “grenade launcher” as one of the prohibiting features for rifles. Her 2013 bill carries goes even further into the ridiculous, by also listing “rocket launcher.” Such devices are restricted under the National Firearms Act and, obviously, are not standard components of the firearms Feinstein wants to ban. Perhaps a subsequent Feinstein bill will add “nuclear bomb,” “particle beam weapon,” or something else equally far-fetched to the features list.
  • Expands the definition of “assault weapon” by including:
    • Three very popular rifles: The M1 Carbine (introduced in 1944 and for many years sold by the federal government to individuals involved in marksmanship competition), a model of the Ruger Mini-14, and most or all models of the SKS.
    • Any “semiautomatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds,” except for tubular-magazine .22s.
    • Any “semiautomatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches,” any “semiautomatic handgun with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds,” and any semi-automatic handgun that has a threaded barrel.
  • Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines.
  • Prohibits the transfer of “assault weapons.” Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under Feinstein’s new bill, “assault weapons” would remain with their current owners until their deaths, at which point they would be forfeited to the government.
  • Prohibits the domestic manufacture and the importation of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The 1994 ban allowed the importation of such magazines that were manufactured before the ban took effect. Whereas the 1994 ban protected gun owners from errant prosecution by making the government prove when a magazine was made, the new ban includes no such protection. The new ban also requires firearm dealers to certify the date of manufacture of any >10-round magazine sold, a virtually impossible task, given that virtually no magazines are stamped with their date of manufacture.
  • Targets handguns in defiance of the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects the right to have handguns for self-defense, in large part on the basis of the fact handguns are the type of firearm “overwhelmingly chosen by American society for that lawful purpose.” Semi-automatic pistols, which are the most popular handguns today, are designed to use detachable magazines, and the magazines “overwhelmingly chosen” by Americans for self-defense are those that hold more than 10 rounds. Additionally, Feinstein’s list of nearly 1,000 firearms exempted by name (see next paragraph) contains not a single handgun. Sen. Feinstein advocated banning handguns before being elected to the Senate, though she carried a handgun for her own personal protection.
  • Contains a larger piece of window dressing than the 1994 ban. Whereas the 1994 ban included a list of approximately 600 rifles and shotguns exempted from the ban by name, the new bill’s list is increased to nearly 1,000 rifles and shotguns. Other than for the 11 detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles and one other semi-automatic rifle included in the list, however, the list appears to be pointless, because a separate provision of the bill exempts “any firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action.”

The Department of Justice study. On her website, Feinstein claims that a study for the DOJ found that the 1994 ban resulted in a 6.7 percent decrease in murders. To the contrary, this is what the study said: “At best, the assault weapons ban can have only a limited effect on total gun murders, because the banned weapons and magazines were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders. Our best estimate is that the ban contributed to a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders between 1994 and 1995. . . . However, with only one year of post-ban data, we cannot rule out the possibility that this decrease reflects chance year-to-year variation rather than a true effect of the ban.  Nor can we rule out effects of other features of the 1994 Crime Act or a host of state and local initiatives that took place simultaneously.”

“Assault weapon” numbers and murder trends. From the imposition of Feinstein’s “assault weapon” ban (Sept. 13, 1994) through the present, the number of “assault weapons” has risen dramatically. For example, the most common firearm that Feinstein considers an “assault weapon” is the AR-15 rifle, the manufacturing numbers of which can be gleaned from the BATFE’s firearm manufacturer reports, available here. From 1995 through 2011, the number of AR-15s—all models of which Feinstein’s new bill defines as “assault weapons”—rose by over 2.5 million. During the same period, the nation’s murder rate fell 48 percent, to a 48-year low. According to the FBI, 8.5 times as many people are murdered with knives, blunt objects and bare hands, as with rifles of any type.
Traces: Feinstein makes several claims, premised on firearm traces, hoping to convince people that her 1994 ban reduced the (relatively infrequent) use of “assault weapons” in crime. However, traces do not indicate how often any type of gun is used in crime. As the Congressional Research Service and the BATFE have explained, not all firearms that are traced have been used in crime, and not all firearms used in crime are traced. Whether a trace occurs depends on whether a law enforcement agency requests that a trace be conducted. Given that existing “assault weapons” were exempted from the 1994 ban and new “assault weapons” continued to be made while the ban was in effect, any reduction in the percentage of traces accounted for by “assault weapons” during the ban, would be attributable to law enforcement agencies losing interest in tracing the firearms, or law enforcement agencies increasing their requests for traces on other types of firearms, as urged by the BATFE for more than a decade.
Call Your U.S. Senators and Representative: As noted, Feinstein intends to introduce her bill on January 3rd. President Obama has said that gun control will be a “central issue” of his final term in office, and he has vowed to move quickly on it.

Contact your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 to urge them to oppose Sen. Feinstein’s 2013 gun and magazine ban. Our elected representatives in Congress must hear from you if we are going to defeat this gun ban proposal. You can write your Representatives and Senators by using our Write Your Representatives tool here: http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/grassroots/write-your-reps.aspx
Millions of Americans own so-called “assault weapons” and tens of millions own “large” magazines, for self-defense, target shooting, and hunting. For more information about the history of the “assault weapon” issue, please visit www.GunBanFacts.com.

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  • 20 User comments to “Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill To Disarm America”

    1. Man do I hate that lil c**t. This 80 year old bitch is trying to kick knowledge on firearms with absolutely false information and using pictures to determine which guns should be outlawed? I hope she dies of a heart attack or worse. She doesn’t deserve to “serve” the people. Did you hear her talking about why guns should be limited to less than 10 rounds? THE DUMBEST B***H! I CANT STAND how all these old geezers who are almost dead try to implement their stazi laws because of what THEY think is right. Just die already.

    2. In an America that cherished the Constitution, Feinstein would be branded a traitor for such a proposal and treated as such in WWII fashion.

    3. Seanoamericano on January 25, 2013 at 6:49 AM said:

      Better yet treated like the lil dictator in Italy.

    4. In my opinion if fienstein would submit to the tests, she would be found to be certifiably crazy, as possible. Unarm The USA, so Obama’s Muslim friends, have the edge, in a shooting war. The Japs were asked why they didn’t invade the United states. The answer was they all have guns.

    5. “Common Sense” and “Reasonable” are code words the gun haters that mean they want to win on their terms. Well, too bad. I’m not going to argue with a bunch of gun hating idiots anymore. Here is my line in the sand. I will not register any gun I own. I will not turn in any gun I own. I will not be a sheep lead to a boxcar ride. (Look it up, history repeats). If you want my guns, come get them. I’m tired and don”t really give a shit anymore. I would much rather die in the middle of my street, shot by a government thug, than to stand next to a open pit and be shot in the back of the head by a government thug.

    6. Can somebody explain how this loon keeps getting elected? Kalifornia sheep just keep giving away their rights as the “progressives” do their best to make it a socialist state. When that place goes bankrupt, blame yourselves for voting in these idiots, and don’t look for a bailout from the rest of us.

    7. Bigazmarine on January 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM said:

      If you build the wepons on her list. If the gun bans pass (unlikely) simpal just change the name on the rifle and keep building them. Thats the problem when you pick spasiffic guns to ban. Its been said before. Whats in A name?

    8. Shawn Grammont on January 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM said:

      She has no credibility. People should vote her out of officer.

    9. this crazy BITCH has been trying to get rid of guns from the first office she held as mayor – she is crazy as a loon – she does have a conceal carry permit – in a statement on camera – if they try to take me out i will take them out to – i wonder why did cali relect this cracker head

    10. David H Behrens on January 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM said:

      Feinstein has gone completely senile, as she treats all law abiding Americans, as criminals and wants to disarm us all and yet she treats all criminals, like law abiding Americans letting them stay armed…

    11. Wes Koehler on January 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM said:

      A lot of fine decent American ladies have died before their time from various causes. This old hag, Feinstein,is like an incurable disease that just keeps replicating itself and infecting everything living it touches! This monotonous bitch is like tree rot or fungus spreading out of control on the ancient redwoods!

    12. Johnny Nightrider on January 26, 2013 at 5:44 AM said:

      Why this woman,Feinstein,keeps getting re-elected as a Senator to California pisses me off.Her husband has deep pockets and spends so much money to get her re-elected.I don’t wish bad upon anyone but if she quit,resigned,retired,or found a new hobby other than pissing me off I would be extremely happy!!!Remember on camera years ago she held a AK-47 and sweeped the entire audience with the barrel and her finger on the trigger.Now she’s looking at picture books of rifles.I hope she is well armed and knows how to use her concealed weapon.She might just make the wrong person angry and God Forbid what that person might do to her.Me I will just continue to vote for the other candidate and rant on websites like this til she’s no longer in politics or a elected person in government.

    13. “Awwwwwwww this gun cost me everything I love, except my precious, precious gun!”

      - H. Simpson

    14. Homed Achmed on January 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM said:

      My name posted is fictitious and this only to make a statement, if I were a terrorist. I just wanted to say thank you Mrs. Feinstein for doing your best to disarm America, that way it will be easier to invade and blow sh*t up. Before we do that though we will stand by and laugh at America while it becomes like us in civil wars, you will be fighting against those of your country who hold there precious second ammendment dear and when it is over with we will have free access to your country because there will be no one left to stop us, HAHAHAHAHA.

    15. An American on January 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM said:

      The federal government doesn’t enforce the federal laws for marijuana in several states, so how do they think they can enforce a new federal law to take away firearms from the American people. Most of the western states, some of the southern states, and the occasional Midwest states still live by the gun. I am in law enforcement and I say “Who are they going to get to go and get the guns?” Not this person and there aren’t enough ATF agents in the country. If they use the National Guard or the regular military, there will be blood shed somewhere I am sure. This country has several militia style groups that will fight. If the UN is invited, there will definitely be blood shed in the USA. Another succession and civil war 150 years later is in the works. When our government oversteps their citizens, it is time to step back and take control. The founding fathers are rolling over in their graves at what this country has fallen to.

    16. No one wants your Guns – settle down – she may be off base but most of the changes Obama is enacting will never effect you – help yourselves by acting like adults not lie 5 year olds who had a toy taken away

    17. MARCO YOU ARE JUST FRICKING STUPID. Yes they want our guns. The NWO cannot complete it’s planned takeover of our nation until they get them. How ignorant could a human be. You are a waste of space and good air.

    18. Carlos – turn off and sell your computer – you are too stupid to use it. Do you honestly believe that, somehow, you and the rest of the 30 round mag clique are going to put up a fight against the NWO? Get real – you have no chance – why? Because it doesn’t exist – your dreams of Rambo like heroics will never come to be – get over it

    19. Marco, you make comments about “toys taken away” and you expect people to be nice?? You talk about our Rights, like it’s a trivial matter then you don’t expect anyone to call you stupid.
      You must worship obama, just like hitler had his followers. If you don’t think that people with rifles, can force a large well trained military force to abandon a fight, then you know nothing about the Soviets being forced out of Afghanistan.
      If you would like to help obama and the U.N. take our guns, then come and get them.
      If you want to violate My Rights, you can try and you will Fail. You better learn to respect the rights of others, because the Bill Of Rights is not something you get to edit by “executive order”.
      We do need some limits….. TERM LIMITS on the Senate and Congress, because they don’t have a Right to stay in office for life.
      If they want to violate our Civil Rights, they should get life in prison. Let’s register All Violent Criminals, that is what the big problem is.

    20. So you honestly believe that the military is going to come after your guns? Why? It doesn’t make any sense. I don’t recall reading anything about new legislation banning guns or taking guns away from anyone. I don’t think you read what was in the executive orders Obama delivered – and if you did I don’t think you understood them.

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