It’s feeling a lot like 1994 around here.
This week, a bill “to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited” was introduced, which would restart and expand the Federal Assault Weapon Ban that lasted for 10 years and was allowed to expire in 2004 under the George W. Bush administration.
Predictably, the bill is sponsored by the notoriously anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 23 other Democrats and can be read in full here.
The bill would regulate firearms classified by the bill as “assault weapons” as well as their magazines and accessories like the now infamous bump stocks.
“We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote,” said Feinstein in a statement.
As is procedure, she ignored the fact that military assault weapons are, by definition, fully automatic, which are heavily regulated.
From this story on guns.com:
“The architect of the initial Assault Weapons Ban which passed in 1994 by a narrow 52-48 vote but expired after 10 years, Feinstein has revamped her new effort to include a prohibition on the manufacture, import, or sale of 205 firearms identified by name.”
“Moving past singling out specific firearms, it would also ban semi-auto handguns and rifles with a detachable magazine and only one “military characteristics” such as a pistol grip, telescoping or folding stock, or threaded barrel. The previous ban allowed a single feature but kicked in at the point of two or more. Likewise, detachable magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds would be prohibited.”
But there’s more. The bill also wants to tell you how you can store firearms in your own home.
“While guns already in circulation would be grandfathered, they would have to be stored using a safe or a trigger lock. Magazines affected by the ban would also be grandfathered, but could not be transferred in the future.”
A provision that targets bump stocks would also target a much larger category of devices to include any part or combination of parts that serves to “accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun,” the story says, which could be applied to any aftermarket trigger.
The proposal has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.