Feinstein-Cicilline AWB Legislation: ‘Treason’ Say Gun Activists

Anti-gun California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced a new bill to ban so-called “assault weapons.” (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- As House Democrats, joined by eight Republicans, were passing two background check bills, anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) were introducing legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons,” fulfilling with lightning speed a prediction from national gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb.

Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Gottlieb said House passage of the extremist background check measures would “open the pathway” for even worse legislation. While his remarks were aimed at Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s H.R. 127—mandating gun owner licensing, registration, psychological examination, mandatory gun-owner insurance, and prison for non-compliance—he could just as easily been talking about Feinstein’s long-sought ban. CCRKBA is currently running a nationwide TV campaign to warn gun owners about this legislation.

Taking to social media, New Jersey attorney and rights advocate Evan Nappen wrote that the 35 people signing onto Feinstein’s legislation were “Oath-Breakers, Rights-Takers, Gun Bigots, Liberty-Haters, Bought & Owned by Bloomturd (and) Pearl-Clutchers.”

Nappen was alluding to Feinstein and her co-sponsors: Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

Those agreeing with Nappen’s premise accused backers of the bills of “treason.”

According to Fox News, Feinstein noted in her introductory statement, “It’s been 17 years since the original Assault Weapons Ban expired. To be clear, this bill saves lives. When it was in place from 1994-2004, gun massacres declined by 37 percent compared with the decade before. After the ban expired, the number of massacres rose by 183 percent. We’re now seeing a rise in domestic terrorism, and military-style assault weapons are increasingly becoming the guns of choice for these dangerous groups. I’m hopeful that with the new administration and Democratic control of the Senate, we can finally pass commonsense gun reforms to remove these deadly weapons from our communities.”

Cicilline chimed in, “Assault weapons are designed for a single purpose – to kill as many people as possible in as short an amount of time as possible. That’s why they are the weapon of choice for mass shooters and domestic terrorists. They are weapons of war and do not belong in our communities. Banning these weapons will make our cities and towns safer and more secure and help to reduce gun deaths.”

Feinstein’s announcement included a list of key provisions:

  • Bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name. Owners may keep existing weapons.
  • Bans any assault weapon with the capacity to utilize a magazine that is not a fixed ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock. Owners may keep existing weapons.
  • Bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload. Owners may keep existing magazines.
  • Requires a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the bill.
  • Requires that grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock.
  • Prohibits the transfer of high-capacity ammunition magazines.
  • Bans bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates.

Right upfront in Feinstein’s bill there is this notation: “To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.” (Emphasis added.)

You read that right. This legislation acknowledges it designed to limit the right to keep and bear arms. The legislation may be read here.

More than 2,200 firearms are exempted by name. They are apparently acceptable firearms for “hunting, household defense or recreational purposes.”

But what about for carry outside the home for self-defense? Maybe Capitol Hill anti-gunners are leaving that to the states. In Washington State, for example, a House hearing is slated this Tuesday on S.B. 5038, a bill aimed at criminalizing open carry at public rallies, especially at the state Capitol in Olympia.

According to an email alert from the National Rifle Association, “This horrible piece of legislation would prevent you from open carrying any firearms or other weapons at any public demonstrations or even our state Capitol, a clear violation of your 2nd Amendment rights.

“But…it gets worse. This bill extends liability to anyone within 250 feet of the protest, regardless of on foot or in a personal vehicle. This legislation would only hurt legal gun owners.”

The hearing before the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 16. The NRA has provided a way to send a message to the committee by clicking here.

It is not clear how much traction the Feinstein-Cicilline ban legislation will gather, but it provides more evidence that a) When Democrats have a majority they move swiftly to ratchet down on gun rights, and b) Elections matter.

However, the New York Post noted in its report, “The bill…faces long odds in the evenly split Senate, where 60 votes usually are required for bills. A companion bill introduced in the Democrat-held House by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) could have a better chance in the lower chamber.”

The Post story noted something else that should, but probably won’t, give Congressional anti-gunners pause: “Proposals to ban guns typically result in gun owners rushing to buy more of them.”


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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No quotation marks necessary. It is treason.

These people swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. This is not just seeking to undermine it, which they do constantly. This is directly contradicting it.


The Progressive New Left rejected our Founding Fathers, Founding Principles, Founding Documents and Founding Ideals (Judeo-Christian) in the early 1970’s. Then now wholly own the Democrat Party. Treason is baked in to the cake and has been for 50 years.

Deplorable Bill

Yes Sir, that is TYRANNY and there is a legal, judicious, well earned, righteous, very final, punnishment for TYRANNY. Since everyone deserves their day in court and since they both have enough money and power to be a significant flight risk they should not be permitted bail. Also, because prison clothing costs money they should be tarred and feathered to be used as prison clothing throughout the length of their cases and when found guilty they should be publicly hanged and this should be televised to instill some semblance of equal justice for all. All of this should be done… Read more »


A fraudulent and illegal government can only be Treasonous. There is only one way to handle legislation like this if it should be pushed at us under Color of Law. The Rubicon is about to be crossed.

Ansel Hazen

There is only one way to handle a GOVERNMENT like this. Tyrants don’t stop what they are doing when asked nicely and politely.


Shoot any enforcers of this crap in the face.

Ryben Flynn

If we could get rid of Democrats, the Country would be better off. Oh, and RINOs also.


Five more thumbs up.


OH, we can get rid of them…it just takes a little balls and a length of rope.


Do it before they get smart and make rope illegal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heed the Call-up

Isn’t that the real reason Hemp was banned? 🙂


Most of the women in the Republican Party have bigger balls than the men in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heed the Call-up

The transgendered men/women in the Democratic party do, also. LOL


There are only MEN and Women. God made Man and Woman. That’s a scientific FACT!


They swear to defend the constitution then immediately try and circumvent it. So are they traitors or stupid? A question that each one should have to answer


The answer is yes and yes.


Their oath is taken with fingers crossed behind back. Nearly fifty years ago this was explained to me as a Noble Fiction necessary to deceive the American People in to compliance. Any lie or fraud necessary to establish and maintain a coup and a resulting Soviet is justified in their minds. This has been true of the Progressive New Left for fifty years. No person who has been awake for the previous five decades should be surprised by this.




Traitors to the Constitution! Yes
Stupid! No, THEY know exactly what they’re doing.


The Progressive New Left, aka the Democrat Party has already endorsed Soviets in major cities coast to coast. The autonomous zones of Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland are good examples of how they have applied the Prairie Fire Manifesto to currently existing Progressive Utopias. Apparently they think that red states, counties, cities and neighborhoods are not capable of doing the same. What they forget is that those of us who cling to our Bibles and our semiautomatic rifles also cling to our enumerated rights. We are more than capable of responding in kind. The difference is this: we routinely shoot elk… Read more »


All of it is hogwash.(The bill I mean) Especially Feinstein. Must be an old picture if the guns on the wall are at a gunshop. Otherwise there might be one gun on that wall.


These treasonous idiots pushing this anti American , unconstitutional agenda won’t be happy till they spark a civil war and then it will blow up in thier faces and then they will label us as domestic terrorists . The facts are that they are violating thier oath to the constitution and become illegitimate at that point and thier unconstitutional crap is also not legitimate just like Joe Biden is as our president . He is not ! They think they can keep pushing these lies but it will come with a price . MOLON LABE !


Years ago Broward County FL had a magazine ban on the ballot so me and a co-worker/friend went down and made sure we could vote. I had registered to vote but for some reason I had to renew it. The ordinance passed but we did vote against it. I’ve voted in every election since.


I no longer associate with people that don’t vote and have excuses like, I don’t want to vote for the wrong person! Then why are you raising children. It’s obvious you are training them to be a waste of space just like you.


I have to agree with the late great George Carlin on this subject…Now there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from “another reality”. They come from American parents, and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and American universities. And they’re elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what… Read more »


Yeah well, all of those American Citizens that Voted for Trump had their votes stolen because of those politicians you speak of. You know, the ones that lie, cheat and steal from the American People.


If it says Finestine, I am not fine with it. Vote against what ever it is because she is a gungrabber and a total nazi.


According to an email alert from the National Rifle Association, “This horrible piece of legislation would prevent you from open carrying any firearms or other weapons at any public demonstrations or even our state Capitol, a clear violation of your 2nd Amendment rights.

So does that mean that bicycle locks on chains, frozen bottles of water, bricks and baseball bats will still be legal?


This garbage is possible because too many gun owners sit back and don’t get active politically (or financially) thinking all they need do when the infringments come is shoot their rights back. Firstly, ain’t nobody getting anything back by shooting. It’ll never come out that way, and secondly, threats to do so only result in more draconian gun grabs. Fight these mofo’s in the courts, in the media and at the ballot. Support pro freedom academics like John Lott and pro 2A litigation efforts in the courts. Yeah, the other side cheats, but they can be defeated with a unified… Read more »

  • Demand that people we fought hard to elect actually do something other than just use the 2nd Amendment as a campaign slogan.
  • Stop hero-worshipping LEOs who refuse to indicate that LEOs should not enforce registration/confiscation laws.

I agree. Lots of 20th century totalitarian strategies are being used in America, among them: Pander to people’s petty grievances to gain power; Create/exploit wealth envy; Forced redistribution of wealth; Repeat big lies; Create/exploit disagreement between age groups; Encourage neighbors/relatives to inform government of non-compliance to rules; Crack-down on free speech; Crack-down on travel and assembly; Government involvement/control in/over education, media, housing, food, healthcare, pricing of goods/services; Create more and more laws and enforce them only against enemies of the state; Centralized organizations of armed government employees with an internal focus; and Ensure that crimes toward government are treated brutally… Read more »

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You’re right. When I wrote:

“Encourage neighbors/relatives to inform government of non-compliance to rules,”

it only covered the informing part – real totalitarians actually want citizens to do much of the enforcement as well.

A good totalitarian will keep a close eye on enforcers who are not paid by the state, though, so they don’t get out of hand:



Yeah like wearing mask that do no good at all. That’s a Fact!


Plenty of us HAVE been doing exactly what you suggest, and we watch as good clear cases go to the SCOTUS and are turn away without even a hearing. Progressives have found a way to cheat at elections, and either install their anti-gun judges or intimidate them. We are doing everything we can LEGALLY to stop the loss of ALL our rights, but we also can’t just roll over and surrender rather than take personal physical risk. Nothing should be “off the table”. When all legal and moral means are exhausted, and we are still losing our rights, what will… Read more »


TERM LIMITS would have eliminated the Dinosars Like Frankenstien , Slimer, Bloomerthal and all the rest of these Slimy creatures


What would the replacements be like?




Like any 2.0 version of the same thing. They’d be: slower, less stable, more prone to freaking out for no reason at all, less accurate, and even more ridiculous.
But they would have better bling. More shiny. Better gadgetry to make it easier to attract the sheeple. Less functional, but easier to sell, like everything else. They’d be even worse than the “juicero” debacle added into the solar walkway scam, with a side order of motorcycle grips that can make you breathe underwater!
Not much left that the sheeple WON’T fall for these days.


I agree. It’s the same voters – they will just vote for another totalitarian. Totalitarians have a tremendous amount of passion for politics. However, term limits will work against non-totalitarians since it is extremely difficult to get a quality Republican elected. Establishment Republicans just have so much inertia and money behind them, uninformed voters just go with the flow. Most Republican voters do not have much knowledge on policy issues and do not want to spend much time getting up to speed. That’s why Liz Cheney is in office. Imagine going through all the work to get voters interested in… Read more »


That’s up to Us. You & me and the rest of us or should I say ballot and his/her telephone that most of us do not seem to use. Try getting in their face when they are messing up by letting them know via the phone, letter, text or what ever way there is to contact them. You found your way here didn’t you? Let them know ahead of their vote and after their vote.


I have been saying this for years, the years would be the same maximum limits as to the President, 10 years Maximum as per the Constitution!!!!!!!! But the good old boys in DC will never put that in the Constitution that would CUT THEIR THROATS from the GRAVY TRAIN and they would have to get a real job, HA, HA, HA!!!!!!!


Term limits would only make it more difficult to have good politicians in office.

WI Patriot

It’s her final act before her curtain drops…she doesn’t give a damn…

Gene Ralno

Universal background checks will eliminate the market for used firearms due to cost and inconvenience. Owners will keep their old arms and buy new ones anyway. Those looking for used arms also will buy new ones instead. Personal arsenals will grow and manufacturers will need to increase their manufacturing estimates to meet this new demand. Another bonanza for dealers and manufacturers alike. On the other hand, comprehensive registration will eliminate sales from licensed dealers because smart people abhor having their names on government lists. Arms manufacturers in the U.S. will forced to shut down. The market for all firearms will… Read more »


They keep it up and they are going to need a million loyal troops to protect their asses in DC. They can dig a moat around the whole area and put mines to keep us out.


Two words: ‘Henry Bowman’.

No One Worth Watching

Sorry anti-gun hoplophobes, Fudds, RINOS, and and other traitors that think infringements of any kind are OK in the name of “public safety.” I am a 2nd Amendment absolutist. Every gun law across the nation is an infringement… no question.. PERIOD! Yes, a citizen should be able to own a tank or an F-35 or a NUKE, even if they were once a convicted felon. Commit a crime with an “arm” and go to prison forever or receive the death penalty. Easy-peasy without infringements. Not until traitors start dropping through trapdoors wearing a stout hemp necktie will this crap stop,… Read more »

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