In the most predictable of press conferences, liberal bastion of the Senate Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) introduced legislation today to ban “military-style assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines.” Surrounded by law enforcement officials, members of the clergy and victims of gun violence, Feinstein stood firm in issuing The Assault Weapons ban of 2013 in order to “help end mass shootings.”
“We should be outraged by how easy it is for perpetrators of these horrific crimes to obtain powerful military-style weapons,” Feinstein said in the Dirksen Senate office building accompanied by large poster boards sporting silhouettes of these military-style weapons.
The teeth of this bill would be the “158 specifically-named military style firearms” that are prohibited by the bill and the “semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 bullets, excuse me, 10 rounds [sic].”
And Feinstein and the bill’s co-sponsors made sure to address some of the controversial loopholes. “The bill also prevents and prohibits specific loopholes such as the slide iron stock, which can be added to an AR-15… which essentially makes it mimic automatic weapons and legal,” Feinstein said.
She emphasized that sportsman and hunters have nothing to fear in this new legislation, as “… the bill protects hunters and sportsman by protecting 2200 specifically named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes. They are by make and model exempted from the legislation.”
“No weapon is taken from anyone. The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time. Therefore, there is no sunset on this bill,” Feinstein said concluding her introduction of the specifics of the ban.
But to specifically ban several weapons means that the law-abiding individuals that prefer these military- style weapons would be denied their Constitutional right to bear arms. And Feinstein would know all about an individual’s right to arm him or herself.
Feinstein must tread carefully as she’s been roundly criticized for being a hypocrite on the gun control issue. Feinstein herself is a concealed carry permit holder as she admitted in 1995, she felt the need to protect herself from a terrorist group that had targeted her many years ago.