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New Feinstein Assault Weapons Ban Bill Is The Worst Yet

By Jeremy S. via TTAG

Oh boy. Senator Diane Feinstein and her team are up to their old tricks, introducing new Assault Weapons Ban legislation for 2019 that builds on her failed 2017 effort and adds a bunch of new restrictions, regulations, and bans.

Her new bill would outlaw private sales, enact safe storage mandates, and prohibit the transfer of “high capacity” magazines, among other Second Amendment infringements.

If you didn’t care about bump stocks and don’t believe in that “slippery slope” thing, you should care now. Check this out:

Other provisions:

• 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.

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.”
• Bans assault pistols that weigh 50 or more ounces when unloaded, a policy included in the original 1994 ban.
• Bans assault pistol stabilizing braces that transform assault pistols into assault rifles by allowing the shooter to shoulder the weapon and fire more accurately.
• Bans Thordsen-type grips and stocks that are designed to evade a ban on assault weapons.

Universal background checks, mandatory safe storage, no transfers of existing standard-capacity magazines, no bump stocks, no folding or adjustable stocks, no large-format pistols, no pistol stabilizing braces (they hate disabled persons!), none of grips or stocks designed specifically not to violate the “assault weapons” definitions.

This is insane. God forbid a rifle have an adjustable stock so everyone in the family can use it. God forbid a pistol have a stabilizing brace so disabled shooters can use it. You know, firearms should apparently only be usable by able-bodied adults.

And replacing a banned pistol grip with one that isn’t a pistol grip is now “evading” the ban? That’s rich. So which is it? Are pistol grips a problem or aren’t they? Why are you banning pistol grips if replacing one with a “traditional” or otherwise non-pistol grip doesn’t resolve the “problem?”

For more details on magazine bans, grandfather clauses, and what makes an “assault weapon,” here’s the rest of the text. Well, the rest of the bill’s summary:

Key provisions:

• 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.

Funny, I always thought “assault” was a verb, not an adjective.

Call your representatives, donate to or assist gun rights orgs like:

Firearms Policy Coalition
Gun Owners of America
Second Amendment Foundation
National Rifle Association

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