US Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairwoman

Senator Feinstein’s All-Out Assault On Gun Rights

by Larry Bell, Forbes.com  |  published on January 7, 2013

Capitalizing upon the tragedy that savagely took the lives of 20 children and 7 others in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Feinstein is introducing a gun ban bill which has been in the works for over a year which represents a direct assault upon Second Amendment rights.

According to a December 27th posting on her website and a draft bill obtained by the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, the legislation would define “assault weapons” to comprise a much larger variety of firearms than ever before, require current owners of those included to register them with the Federal Government noting locations, impose a $200 tax per firearm, prohibit their transfer to other people, and require that those weapons be forfeited and destroyed upon the owners’ deaths.

Although there is a lot of convenient anti-gun confusion regarding what the infamous “assault weapon” term means, let’s be very clear here that the proposed legislation has nothing to do with banning automatic military weapons which rapid-fire lots of bullets with a single trigger pull. Those have been illegal for domestic sale since 1986 under the “machine gun ban” signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, and can be owned only by those who have acquired a very special Class III permit.

No, instead, we are referring to a special class of semi-automatic weapons, meaning… one trigger pull…one “bang”. Under the 1994 law (now expired), these included semi-automatic versions of rifles that accepted detachable magazines and possessed at least two other characteristics, such as a protruding pistol grip, flash suppressor (or a threaded barrel to accept one), or a folding or telescoping stock. Today, most handguns in America are semi-automatic, as are many long guns. And while some of the latter may look like automatic “machine guns”, they do not function in that manner.

Carrying hyperbole to a hysterical level, as if it wasn’t enough that Feinstein’s original 1994 ban listed a grenade launching feature as a prohibited feature for rifles, her 2013 version now also includes a restriction on a “rocket launcher”. Seriously? Is the American public really unaware that grenades and rockets have long been restricted under the National Firearms Act?

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