Legislation tracks lawful owners, bans 120 specific weapons…..
The Washington campaign to grab guns, register owners and crack down on cosmetic options on firearms moves into high gear starting tomorrow, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the author of the nation’s original “assault” gun ban in the 1990s, announces her new proposal to fingerprint, photograph and investigate Americans who already have weapons.
Her office has confirmed to the Washington Times that she will hold a press conference Thursday to talk about her strategy to launch an assault on Americans who have or want to have semiautomatic rifles and handguns.
Her original ban, which existed from 1994 until 2004, was not renewed by Congress after law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified that it simply was ineffective in cutting crime.
Nevertheless, that ban on “assault” weapons is being proposed again, only this time it’s on steroids.
Feinstein earlier confirmed that her attack on weapons would include a ban on the “sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of 120 specfically named firearms, certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.”
She claims her plan will strengthen the 1994 ban by outlawing weapons just because they have a particular characteristic, such as a “thumbhole stock.”
Feinstein also wants outlawed ammunition magazines that take more than 10 rounds.
She claims it would protect “rights of existing gun owners” because it would grandfather weapons already legally owned and exempt “disabled” weapons.
But for any of those weapons that are “grandfathered,” she would demand that the owners be investigated, photographed and fingerprinted; the type and serial number of the weapon be registered and local law enforcement certify that it is legal.
The Washington Examiner points out that Feinstein’s plan would cost every owner of a semiautomatic rifle another $200 in taxes, too – for weapons they already have purchased and on which they already have paid taxes.
The report said a $200 tax is imposed each time a National Firearms Act weapon is registered or transferred. “Presumably, each weapon registered as an NFA firearm would be subject to the same restrictions,” the report said.
It also points out that Feinstein’s ban on any transfers would include “assault” weapons, which means owners of semiautomatic rifles would be allowed to pay the tax and keep them until they die, when they would be forfeited to the government.
For support, Feinstein cites a letter to the editor on the American Journal of Public Health where two people wrote that “when Maryland imposed a more stringent ban on assault pistols and high-capacity magazines in 1994, it led to a 55 percent drop in assault pistols recovered by the Baltimore Police Department.”
She also applauded Barack Obama’s recent strategy for attacking gun rights.
“He was exactly right when he said ‘weapons designed for the theater of war have no place’ in our society. I couldn’t agree more,” said Feinstein, who once had her own concealed carry permit because she perceived a threat to herself.
The moves all are because of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting where one man killed his own mother, then took her guns and went to a nearby school and killed 20 students and five adults.
Ironically, perhaps because of the coming ban, school officials have been buying weapons. It was reported this week that the Fontana Unified School District Police Department had purchased 14 AR-15 “assault” weapons to protect students.
Supt. Carl. Olsen-Binks said the “assault” rifles are being stored in locked safes on campuses for officers to use if they need.
Whether the extreme measures Feinstein is proposing will succeed remains to be seen. Although the White House and Senate are occupied by Democrats, the U.S. House of Representatives has a majority of Republicans.