A couple weeks ago we told you that Senator Dianne Feinstein was set to introduce a renewed and more onorous Assault Weapons Ban on the first day of Congress (January 3). Well we now know some of the details of this new ban.
This is from Feinstein’s Senate.gov website, emphasis added.
Summary of 2013 legislation
Following is a summary of the 2013 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 military characteristic
- 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
- 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
A pdf of the bill summary is available here.
If the section in bold above doesn’t make sense, here’s what it means to you in practical terms. If you own a weapon that is covered under the ban (like an AR-15), you will be required to register this weapon with the ATF under the National Firearms Act (NFA). A weapon that you already legally own.
- You must pay the NFA tax, which is currently $200.
- You must be “certified” by local law enforcement, which currently means the chief law enforcement officer where you live.
- You must be photographed and fingerprinted and then entered into whatever database they will use for this registration.
- Then, and only then, will your currently legal weapon be legal under the new regime.
The debate on what a renewed Assault Weapons Ban would or would not do should be just about over. Their agenda is clear – to eventually disarm America. If you think not, then perhaps you need to brush up on history, and you really don’t even have to go back very far. Take a look at what happened in England and Australia. First they registered their guns, telling the government exactly who has what and how many, and then the government took away their guns type by type. Tell me, what kinds of guns can you currently own in England and Australia?
NFA registration is an expected move from Feinstein given their goal to disarm America. From their perspective, NFA registration makes sense and would be extremely effective both in the short and long term. What it would accomplish is twofold:
- Make it extremely hard to be “legal” under the new regime. This will mean that most folks will just give up and participate in the gun buy back program.
- The remaining folks will all be on a list, telling them exactly who to keep an eye on, and where to go to get the guns when the time comes.
If this doesn’t scare you, then you might want to rethink this and realize what it actually means. We need to fight this. Contact your representative and tell them that they ABSOLUTELY CANNOT vote for this tyrannical legislation.