View Full Version : Feinstein's 121 Page 'Assault Weapon' Ban

01-27-2013, 02:52 PM

The full text (http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve/?File_id=9a9270d5-ce4d-49fb-9b2f-69e69f517fb4) of the new, supposedly improved "assault weapon" ban proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week is now available for your perusal. The 121-page bill consists mostly of Appendix A, which takes up 95 pages and lists 2,258 "Firearms Exempted by the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013." As I said on Friday, this list is redundant at best, since any gun that is not specifically named as an "assault weapon" and does not meet the more general definitions is not supposed to be covered by the law, whether or not it is explicitly "exempted." It seems the main point of Appendix A is to impress us with Feinstein's lenience. Look, she specifically allows 14 times as many gun models as she specifically prohibits!

As for the list of 157 guns that are banned by name, it is not only longer than the list in the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004 (which Feinstein also sponsored); its terms are broader. While the expired ban covered "copies or duplicates" of the named firearms, the new one covers "copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles"—language that seems designed to keep lawyers busy. The references to "variants" and "altered facsimiles" suggest that a gun can be deemed an "assault weapon" even if it is not listed and does not have any forbidden "military-style characteristics. " Maybe that's one reason Feinstein tries to reassure gun owners with her lengthy list of exempted firearms...

Related: Will You Submit & Obey? (http://ericpetersautos.com/2013/01/26/will-you-submit-obey/)