What Senator Feinstein Will Propose In January 2013.

feinsteinIf this doesn’t motivate you nothing will.

Senator Diane Feinstein, (D) California, a long time proponent of gun control has plans to rid the nation of “evil” assault weapons. The fact that enacting these measures will do nothing to deter or prevent events like Aurora and Newtown, or that more than 500 businesses, who derive 50% or more of their revenues from designing, manufacturing and selling modern semi-automatic rifles, accessories and related service, will close their doors is no cause for concern to the Senator.

Also impacted will be second tier companies that are the key suppliers to these 500 firms, and businesses engaged in training.

Compounding on the ridiculous is that many of theses companies, which are service related disabled veteran or veteran owned businesses, are the very same organizations that will be asked to absorb the high costs associated with the Affordable Health Care Act; as well as the increases in marginal tax brackets demanded by the current administration.

Senator Feinstein’s proposals, now as in the past, fly in the face of national crime statistics, which show a 15% decline in gun related homicides from 2007 to 2011, and that 60% of all gun violence is correlated to gangs and gang activity. Making Senator Feinstein’s proposed legislation poorly reasoned and  completely whimsical.

A Summary of Senator Feinstein’s Proposal

  • 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
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