Sen. Feinstein D-CA has introduced legislation banning an number of “assault weapons” and firearms that have high capacity magazines.
Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:
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
Once again this is a typical knee-jerk liberal reaction to a problem. That said, I’m not going to talk about that aspect of proposed legislation.
What I want to blog about is the legislation that will call for grandfathered firearm registration. This will require the serial number of the firearm and fingerprinting of the owner. Although this sounds like a reasonable compromise (The ban and added regulation are nonsense but the registration in this clouded environment is a compromise on the surface). It is a open ended trap. once these guns have been identified the next step is to enact a tax which of course will increase until the cost of ownership is too high. It is a passive way to voluntarily disarm the public, ensuring that only the state and criminals have weapons.
Very interesting times we live in I’m sure I’ll post more on this subject in the coming weeks and months.