Well, the rumors are flying and the panic is starting; a new assault weapons bill is supposed be presented to the Senate on Thursday. This bill was created by a woman who cares nothing about any of California's real problems California's finest Diane Feinstein. The assault weapons bill is borderline ridiculous and I don't see any chance of it passing. Here are some of the highlights of the bill via the Washington Times:
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: 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.
Feinstein, seriously? Just in case you missed it, check out this great vid above that shows how Feinstein feels she needs the right to own a gun, but you certainly don't. What a hypocrite... This bill could maybe pass in New York, but not across the nation. There are still decision makers in this country that are worried about solving problems that actually matter, and there is no way they would let this crap fly. Once again, no reason to fear, but stay vigilant and be sure to contact your Congressman. Also be sure to share and check out the link AssaultWeapon.info which is a great primer for how this whole ban is complete BS.