Assault Weapons - Issues – United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

We Government Clowns will Control the whole nation as soon as we have your GUNS!
We Government Clowns will Control the whole nation as soon as we have your GUNS!

In January, Senator Feinstein will introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

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 or more military characteristics; and
    • 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; and
    • 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:
    • 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.

A pdf of the bill summary is available here.

Following are studies that have been conducted on the 1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban:

  • In a Department of Justice study (pdf), Jeffrey Roth and Christopher Koper find that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders, holding all other factors equal. They write: “Assault weapons are disproportionately involved in murders with multiple victims, multiple wounds per victim, and police officers as victims.”
  • In a University of Pennsylvania study (pdf), Christopher Koper reports that the use of assault weapons in crime declined by more than two-thirds by about nine years after 1994 Assault Weapons Ban took effect.
  • In a Washington Post story, reporters David Fallis and James Grimaldi write that the percentage of firearms seized by police in Virginia with high-capacity magazines dropped significantly during the Assault Weapons Ban. That figure has doubled since the ban expired.
    • Original source: In Virginia, high-yield clip seizures rise. By David S. Fallis and James V. Grimaldi, Washington Post.
  • In a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Public Health (pdf), Douglas Weil and Rebecca Knox explain 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.
  • A recent study by the Violence Policy Center finds that between 2005 and 2007, one in four law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty was killed with an assault weapon.
  • report by the Police Executive Research Forum finds that 37 percent of police departments reported seeing a noticeable increase in criminals’ use of assault weapons since the Assault Weapons Ban expired.


We have these "assault weapons" for a reason - your Arrogant Over-controlling Government!
We have these “assault weapons” for a reason – your Arrogant Over-controlling Government!  Guess you’ll have to just “come and get ‘em” now, huh!

Shotgun Hillbilly - So it appears they will take the momentum of “Newtown, CT” and attempt to push an ineffective “take your guns away from you” first step new “Gun Control” Law into existence this January 2013.  This would be paramount to eliminating these weapons from Amerika within one generation – because the new Law denies your right to “pass them along when you die” to your family all via this clever “required registration” method of confiscation by the federal government, saying they will allow “grandfathering of all pre-ban weapons” with the new Law – but that you must REGISTER each item they declare “banned” (magazines included – each at a “Tax Stamp” $200 or more cost – so they can track, take up, confiscate at your death or before, or disallow for any reason they choose to deny you this “right” anytime thereafter, etc.!  FOLKS, WE HAVE TO STOP THIS BY OPENING UP OUR WALLETS AND MOUTHS NOW.  WE CANNOT GIVE UP OUR RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES – WHICH IS WHAT GUN CONTROL IS REALLY ALL ABOUT!  DO THE NANCY REAGAN AND “JUST SAY NO!”