Sen. Diane Feinstein is back at it again. The notoriously anti-Second Amendment senator has introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, which would outlaw 205 “military-style assault weapons by name” along with any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds plus a bunch of other common firearms and accessories.
As is typical of this kind of legislation, the bill does nothing to address gun crime in any way, but only seeks to ban firearms that politicians say people shouldn’t be allowed to own—because they’re scary—along with a bunch of nonsense about “military characteristics,” which apparently include any forward grip and barrel shrouds.
It would also make a large number of suppressed firearms illegal, as it outlaws any firearm with a detachable mag and a threaded barrel.
From the bill text, which you can read in full here:
“Bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one ore more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel, or a folding or telescoping stock.”
The bill says that all of the outlawed items would be grandfathered in and that people could keep whatever guns and magazines they have when/if the law goes into effect. But…the transfer of “high capacity magazines” would be forbidden.
The bill exempts more than 2,200 guns by name “for hunting, household defense, or recreational purposes.”
Additionally, the proposed law would:
- . Require a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the bill.
- . Require that grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock.
- . Prohibit the transfer of high-capacity ammunition magazines.
- . Ban bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates.
But that’s not all. Even more features would be banned, including the AR stocks with no pistol grip like those made by Thorsden Customs.
The legislation would also:
- Ban stocks that are “otherwise foldable or adjustable in a manner that operates to reduce the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability of a firearm.”
- Ban assault pistols that weigh 50 or more ounces when unloaded, a policy included in the original 1994 ban.
- Ban assault pistol stabilizing braces that transform assault pistols into assault rifles by allowing the shooter to shoulder the weapon and fire more accurately.
- Ban Thordsen-type grips and stocks that are designed to evade a ban on assault weapons.
Mass shootings are cited as the impetus of this broad attack on the Second Amendment, though the bill itself only is able to list 3 incidents that occurred in 2018 involving “military-style assault rifles.”
In total, all rifles are only responsible for a tiny fraction of homicides in the U.S. annually, let alone ARs. According to the FBI, more people are killed each year with bludgeons like hammers and clubs than rifles. Most firearm homicides are committed with handguns.
The bill also does not include any information on how this ban would differ from the previous Assault Weapons Ban signed by President Bill Clinton that is viewed resoundingly as a failure, as it did nothing to reduce crime. It was in effect for a decade from 1994 to 2004 and was allowed to expire under President George W. Bush.
If the bill makes it out of committee, it may go on to pass in the Democrat-controlled House, but it is highly unlikely it will then pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. Of course, it would also have to be signed by the President.
One thing is for sure: if this bill gains any traction, because of the grandfather clause, Feinstein might become the country’s new best gun salesperson.