Dianne Feinstein Goes After Handguns



hk45Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a summary of her wish list of a gun control bill to be introduced in the U.S. Senate on the first day of the new session in 2013.  Here are the main points:

1. 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

2. 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

3. Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. 

4. 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

5. 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

Some thoughts:

  • First, there is no way this will pass the Senate let alone the House.
  • Second, this would ban most semiautomatic handguns as most come with a detachable magazine, not a fixed magazine.  The “military characteristics” that Feinstien mentions typically has nothing to do with performance and are usually just cosmetic.  So right now that is pretty subjective.  This could end up being most modern handguns with characteristics such as a pistol grip, detachable magazines, and certain calibers like 9mm, 45 ACP, etc.  If that is the case say good bye to the Smith & Wesson M&P, the Glock, Beretta M9, etc.  Pretty much all modern semiautomatic rifles would be banned as well.  We don’t know what weapons will be specifically named for the ban and what 900 firearms will be allowed.
  • Third, banning large-capacity feeding devices will do nothing.  All you have to do is bring multiple clips.  If you know what you’re doing you can switch those out in a couple of seconds.
  • Fourth, this would create a national registry of grandfathered gun owners with semiautomatic weapons with clips that contain more than 10 rounds.  Can we say Big Brother?  It is easy to imagine how this registry could be used to harass citizens with weapons such as these.

I’d say it’s not too early to contact your Senator.

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  • No Thanks Dianne

    Instead of spending her time and our tax dollars undermining the constitution, adding to the existing archive that law abiding citizens already honor and fanning the flames of divisiveness/hysteria, I wish she would work to fix the US debt situation. Then we might have the funds to enforce all of the existing laws.

    If she & others don’t like our constituiton, there are hundreds of other countries to which they can emmigrate. Good riddance to her and her kind.

    I am amazed at the power hungry people that gravitate to these types of positions and think they can rewrite the constitution to suite their ideals.

    Her over-reaction and radical proposals leave me with little confidence in her ability to lead..

  • Tom MapleSt

    I told you this would happen if 0bama was reelected and he didn’t even start his second term yet.

    • http://www.GraniteGrok.com/ Rick Olson

      We all kind of knew….But too many low information voters taking too many bong hits, collecting food stamps and Obama phones, wanted more free stuff. Wait till they find out what crap it really all is….

  • larry baker

    Guns don’t kill people do

  • Gary Nelson

    Whether or not more gun control laws are passed what must be addressed is the connection between these murders and the perpetrators being on Psychiatric drugs. This is the common denominator of these brutal acts of violence.

    Why is Congress ignoring the obvious connection between the distribution and use of Psychiatric drugs with these mass killings and other acts of violence? All these acts show time and again that the perpetrators of these murders were on Psychiatric drugs at the time they committed these crimes. Yet our lawmakers always focus on the wrong reasons and do nothing that effectively prevents these violent acts from occurring over and over and over again.

    We constantly hear about the gun lobby, yet we hear nothing of the Pharmaceutical companies who push for more support of these dangerous highly additive drugs to increase their profits. These drug companies do in fact make phenomenal profits distributing these drugs and would do anything to prevent any connection being made to their use and violent crimes.

    It is outrageous that this has not been investigated. Our lawmakers who are given the authority to help safeguard us and then turn their backs on the evidence that is plainly visible if one just looks are culpable in these violent acts. I have not seen one Congressman or Senator come forward and even hint at any connection between Psychiatric drug use and violence. WHY NOT?