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Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban Introduced

Senator Feinstein introduced her assault weapon ban legislation today in the Senate. If you don’t remember, this is the bill that pretty much eliminates semiautomatic firearms altogether. 

Here’s a quick summary, from Senator Feinstein’s website:

  • 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.

Additionally, this article contains a scan of the 158 firearms that would be banned by name. This list is pretty much moot though if you consider the summary above.

What To Do

Contact your Represenatative and Senators today. Do not wait. We also need to push for this to be brought for vote ASAP. The reason is that we do not want this bill to sit around being debated and pushed down the road until something else happens (another shooting, etc), only to have them vote on the bill during a wave of fear and uncertainty, or worse, when no one is watching. We need this to be voted on today.

This bill should be dead on arrival in the Senate, let alone the House, but we can’t sit around and hope that it happens. Make it happen. Contact your Senators and Representative.


4 Responses to Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban Introduced

  1. Carlito Mojica January 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Brandon – Thank you for posting this. I’ve following Monderno for some time now and I want to thank you for updates and keeping this front line. After reading this post, I immediately took the time out of my day to send emails to my State Representative and Senators. This is what I sent:

    I strongly urge you to stand firm on protecting the second amendment. I am a father of four, proudly married, citizen of this great country. I want my right to own a firearm to not to be infringed on. Not only am I a responsible shooting enthusiast, I am a concealed pistol license holder. I believe I have the right to defend myself, my family and those I hold close to my heart. I do this with great respect to the firearm and especially those around me. I agree that if an individual is irresponsible and/or of not of acceptable mental health, they should not be able to obtain, own or purchase a firearm. I am asking you to protect and keep the 2nd amendment pure. Please do not vote on legislature that will ban guns or certain guns from law abiding citizens. I hope you read this and it will reinforce your moral compass. Please let me know your position on this issue. Thank you for your service and God Bless you and your family.

  2. Aramis January 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    From Feinstein’s site:
    Assault weapon bans have been proven to be effective:

    A Justice Department study of the assault weapons ban found that it was responsible for a 6.7% decrease in total gun murders, holding all other factors equal.
    Source: Jeffrey A. Roth & Christopher S. Koper, “Impact Evaluation of the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act of 1994,” (March 1997).

    From the report itself:
    Our best estimate
    is that the ban contributed to a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders between 1994 and 1995, beyond what
    would have been expected in view of ongoing crime, demographic, and economic trends. 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. Further, any short-run preventive effect observable at
    this time may ebb in the near future as the stock of grandfathered assault weapons and legal substitute guns leaks
    to secondary markets, then increase as the stock of large-capacity magazines gradually dwindles.
    We were unable to detect any reduction to date in two types of gun murders that are thought to be closely
    associated with assault weapons, those with multiple victims in a single incident and those producing multiple
    bullet wounds per victim. We did find a reduction in killings of police officers since mid-1995. However, the
    available data are partial and preliminary, and the trends may have been influenced by law enforcement agency
    policies regarding bullet-proof vests.

    There’s nothing conclusive in the report.
    Senator’s misleading the public.

  3. What Me Worry? January 25, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Reply from Senator Rubio to my letter & email & fax….. Doesn’t inspire me much……….pretty identical to what DiFi said re the 2A……….

    Dear Mr. ,

    Thank you for writing to me regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I share your concern for the victims of this tragedy.

    My heart breaks for the victims and families impacted by this senseless act of violence. In a world that can at times be defined by its darkness, children are a reminder of what is good, cheerful and beautiful about life. An act of violence against these defenseless young people, as well as the faculty and staff who dedicate themselves daily to educating and caring for them, is a deed of unconscionable evil. I pray that God holds Newtown close as the community continues to heal from this tragedy.

    In the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy, like millions of Americans, I am looking for public policy changes that might prevent such a horrible event from happening again. I continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees citizens the right to safely and responsibly bear arms. At the same time, I have always been open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. In light of this horrible tragedy, I am open to new ideas to prevent mass tragedies like this from happening again.

    It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your United States Senator. I appreciate your concern regarding this situation. If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Marco Rubio
    United States Senator

  4. Coachpan January 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Frankenstein is just another reason why all of congress should be FIRED !