Senator Dianne Feinstein waited no time to drag her favorite topic back out into the spotlight.
Last year we saw tens of thousands of students take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities. This generation has grown up with active-shooter drills, hiding under their desks. #EnoughIsEnough
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 9, 2019
This thread goes on for a while with the usual talking points until it gets to this.
And it bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload. Information on all of the bill’s provisions can be found here: https://t.co/2sMmdPeSpJ
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 9, 2019
Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today led a group of senators in introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, an updated bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
In addition to Feinstein, Murphy and Blumenthal, cosponsors of the bill include Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).
Oh look, it’s every fucking Democrat in the Senate who wants to run for President in 2020. How was this not totally predictable.
“Last year we saw tens of thousands of students nationwide take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities. Our youngest generation has grown up with active-shooter drills, hiding under their desks—and now they’re saying enough is enough,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. If we’re going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets.”
I think if there is a common theme in these mass shootings, it’s not an issue of assault weapons, of which there are some 20+ million in US civilian hands. The problem seems to be Democrat controlled counties and cities, and their sheriff and police departments being unable to nip these guys in the bud.
“Military-style assault rifles are the weapons of choice for mass murderers. There’s just no reason why these guns, which were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, are sold to the public,” said Senator Chris Murphy. “This past year, we’ve seen Americans rise up and demand Congress change our gun laws. Banning assault weapons would save lives, and I’m proud to join Senator Feinstein in introducing this bill.”
“Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are deadly and dangerous weapons of war that belong on battlefields—not our streets. They have no purpose for self-defense or hunting, and no business being in our schools, churches and malls,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “By passing this legislation, Congress can honor the memory of the beautiful lives cut short by military-style assault weapons in Newtown, Parkland, Las Vegas, San Bernardino and far too many other American cities. This is the year for my colleagues to turn our rhetoric into reality and finally end America’s gun violence epidemic.”
So there are going to do the same thing that has never worked, isn’t going to reduce crime at all, but will reduce the rights of millions of law abiding people who will never hurt anybody anyway because it’s not about crime, it’s about these people hating guns.
- Bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name. Owners may keep existing weapons.
- Bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock. Owners may keep existing weapons.
- Bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload. Owners may keep existing magazines.
Exemptions to bill:
- The bill exempts by name more than 2,200 guns for hunting, household defense or recreational purposes.
- The bill includes a grandfather clause that exempts all weapons lawfully possessed at the date of enactment.
- Requires a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the bill.
- Requires that grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock.
- Prohibits the transfer of high-capacity ammunition magazines.
- Bans bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates.
So it’s the 1995 AWB with bump stocks and universal background checks.
Useless law plus useless ban plus useless law is useless. Except for restricting the rights of law abiding gun owners, that is.
Updates to Assault Weapons Ban of 2017:
- Bans stocks that are “otherwise foldable or adjustable in a manner that operates to reduce the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability of a firearm.”
Those six position carbine stocks have become so popular because dad, mom, and the kids can all fit the gun to themselves with the push of a button. I guess those have to go. Also, is concealing an AR really that big of a problem?
- Bans assault pistols that weigh 50 or more ounces when unloaded, a policy included in the original 1994 ban.
And here we go after AR pistols.
- Bans assault pistol stabilizing braces that transform assault pistols into assault rifles by allowing the shooter to shoulder the weapon and fire more accurately.
I knew that was coming. I’m not saying I have one, but I will say I know a lot of people who are really going to hate this.
- Bans Thordsen-type grips and stocks that are designed to evade a ban on assault weapons.
I had to look that one up. They are getting smarter to our end runs around their arbitrary bans in their anti-gun states. This kills the whole market for slightly neutered assault weapons that grew from the 1995 ban. It seems like no more removing a feature or two to go from pre-ban to post-ban configurations will be allowed to fly. That’s a real problem.
What worries me here is that I don’t see grandfathering mentioned in any of these updates. Your AR might be grandfathered but your AR pistol and brace, may not be. Neither will your thumb hole stock and pinned muzzle break instead of flash hider.
Also, I do not see a sunset provision anywhere in this bill. Once it’s in place, it’s there for good unless we get SCOTUS to hear a challenge and then overturn it. Yes, it could be repealed, but how often does a federal law get repealed? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Congress will pass this easily. The Democrats have gone too far left and gun control is no longer the third rail of American politics. Yes, that’s our fault, we got complacent.
I have hope the GOP controlled senate will hold out, but I can’t guarantee it. Once upon a time I respected Romney, now I worry that he’d go Left on an AWB.
Trump is a toss-up. I wish I didn’t have to say that, but after his call for the ATF to ban bump stocks, I really don’t know what he’ll do.
The margin of safety that we had for this not getting passed is a lot narrower than I’d like it to be, if it is there at all.
We have to start fighting again, and hard.
I’m with Miguel. We need the NRA more than ever now. This is a time where we have to unite against this common enemy, because if we don’t hang together, we’re all going to go to jail for our braced AR pistols and carbine stocks separately.