Senate Democrats Waste No Time Attacking Second Amendment Rights

Feinstein & Co. Introduce “Assault Weapons” Ban for 2019

Just a week into the 116th United States Congress a swarm of angry, misinformed democrat politicians have introduced legislation that would ban the sale, manufacture, and importation of hundreds of firearms by name and potentially thousands more based on largely cosmetic characteristics as well as putting the kibosh on any magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Dubbed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, the official title of S.66 is A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes. Seriously? “To ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited?” This from the people who swore an oath to uphold and defend a document that explicitly reads “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Try this on for size: infringe (verb): Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.  

Like the bumbling, misinformed, confused morons that they are, the Dems quoted in the California senator’s press release bragging about the bill continue to use the make-believe term “assault weapon” while adding flair such as “military-style” to it while conflating and confusing it with actual words like “military-style assault rifles” – just three of the variants of phrases used by Senators Feinstein, Chris Murphy, and Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal might know something about such firearms if he had actually served in Vietnam, as he repeatedly lied about, instead of seeking “at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970” and taking “repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war.”

While the text of the bill is not available as of press time, The Senate Democrats’ press release does lay out some key points and allude to the fact that it is an expansion of their failed attempt at passing Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.

Key Provisions

  • Bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 “military-style assault weapons” by name, with the full list from the 2017 below.
  • Bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more “military characteristics” including:
    • a pistol grip
    • a forward grip
    • a barrel shroud
    • a threaded barrel
    • a folding or telescoping stock
  • Bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition

Other Provisions

  • Requires a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an “assault weapon” covered by the bill.
  • Requires that grandfathered “assault weapons” are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock.
  • Prohibits the transfer of “high-capacity” magazines.
  • Bans bump-fire stocks and similar devices.

Updates to Assault Weapons Ban of 2017

  • Bans 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.”
  • Bans “assault pistols” that weigh 50 or more ounces (3.125 lbs) when unloaded, a policy included in the original 1994 ban.
  • Bans “assault pistol” stabilizing braces.
  • Bans Thordsen-type grips and stocks which the legislators claim are “designed to evade a ban on assault weapons” by REMOVING THE BANNED FEATURES!?!

The trade association for the firearms and ammunition, NSSF, today fired back agains the bill, saying that it relies on wrongfully defining commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles based on certain cosmetic features, calling AR-platform firearms the “most-popular center-fire rifle in America” with more than 16 million of these rifles have been legally purchased for lawful purposes since the previous ban (which accomplished nothing) ended in 2004.

It is disappointing to see politicians continue to pursue a failed policy agenda that has proven ineffective in improving public safety and will deny law-abiding citizens their Constitutional right,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “Despite what proponents may say, the record shows that Sen. Feinstein’s original 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban had no demonstrable impact on reducing crime and this one would be equally ineffective.

Since the original ban, firearms ownership has increased while the criminal misuse of firearms has steadily dropped. FBI crime statistics demonstrate there is no justification for banning modern sporting rifles.

The NSSF continued by pointing out that the entire basis of the Democrats’ bill is founded on a term invented in 1998 by the “Violence Policy Center’s” Josh Sugarmann for the purpose of confusing and misleading the public into believing commonly owned semi-automatic rifles are equivalent to fully automatic machine guns. Sugarmann wrote, “anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun (and) – can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions of these weapons.” In reality, modern sporting rifles operate in the exact same manner as other semi-automatic firearms which are exempted from the bill, firing one round with each pull and release of the trigger.

From the 2017 bill, the following firearms are among those specifically named, in addition to any of those falling under a blanket ban based on “evil features:”

  • All of the following rifles, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:
    • (i) All AK types, including the following:
      • (I) AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74, AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR–47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK–47, VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM.
      • (II) IZHMASH Saiga AK.
      • (III) MAADI AK47 and ARM.
      • (IV) Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S.
      • (V) Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS.
    • (ii) All AR types, including the following:
      • (I) AR–10.
      • (II) AR–15.
      • (III) Alexander Arms Overmatch Plus 16.
      • (IV) Armalite M15 22LR Carbine.
      • (V) Armalite M15–T.
      • (VI) Barrett REC7.
      • (VII) Beretta AR–70.
      • (VIII) Black Rain Ordnance Recon Scout.
      • (IX) Bushmaster ACR.
      • (X) Bushmaster Carbon 15.
      • (XI) Bushmaster MOE series.
      • (XII) Bushmaster XM15.
      • (XIII) Chiappa Firearms MFour rifles.
      • (XIV) Colt Match Target rifles.
      • (XV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 rifles.
      • (XVI) Daniel Defense M4A1 rifles.
      • (XVII) Devil Dog Arms 15 Series rifles.
      • (XVIII) Diamondback DB15 rifles.
      • (XIX) DoubleStar AR rifles.
      • (XX) DPMS Tactical rifles.
      • (XXI) DSA Inc. ZM–4 Carbine.
      • (XXII) Heckler & Koch MR556.
      • (XXIII) High Standard HSA–15 rifles.
      • (XXIV) Jesse James Nomad AR–15 rifle.
      • (XXV) Knight’s Armament SR–15
      • (XXVI) Lancer L15 rifles.
      • (XXVII) MGI Hydra Series rifles.
      • (XXVIII) Mossberg MMR Tactical rifles.
      • (XXIX) Noreen Firearms BN 36 rifle.
      • (XXX) Olympic Arms.
      • (XXXI) POF USA P415.
      • (XXXII) Precision Firearms AR rifles.
      • (XXXIII) Remington R–15 rifles.
      • (XXXIV) Rhino Arms AR rifles.
      • (XXXV) Rock River Arms LAR–15.
      • (XXXVI) Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles and MCX rifles.
      • (XXXVII) SKS with a detachable magazine.
      • (XXXVIII) Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifles.
      • (XXXIX) Stag Arms AR rifles.
      • (XL) Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 and AR–556 rifles.
      • (XLI) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 rifles.
      • (XLII) Windham Weaponry AR rifles.
      • (XLIII) WMD Guns Big Beast.
      • (XLIV) Yankee Hill Machine Company, Inc. YHM–15 rifles.
    • (iii) Barrett M107A1.
    • (iv) Barrett M82A1.
    • (v) Beretta CX4 Storm.
    • (vi) Calico Liberty Series.
    • (vii) CETME Sporter.
    • (viii) Daewoo K–1, K–2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C.
    • (ix) Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000.
    • (x) Feather Industries AT–9.
    • (xi) Galil Model AR and Model ARM.
    • (xii) Hi-Point Carbine.
    • (xiii) HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, HK–PSG–1, and HK USC.
    • (xiv) IWI TAVOR, Galil ACE rifle.
    • (xv) Kel-Tec Sub-2000, SU–16, and RFB.
    • (xvi) SIG AMT, SIG PE–57, Sig Sauer SG 550, Sig Sauer SG 551, and SIG MCX.
    • (xvii) Springfield Armory SAR–48.
    • (xviii) Steyr AUG.
    • (xix) Sturm, Ruger & Co. Mini-14 Tactical Rifle M–14/20CF.
    • (xx) All Thompson rifles, including the following:
      • (I) Thompson M1SB.
      • (II) Thompson T1100D.
      • (III) Thompson T150D.
      • (IV) Thompson T1B.
      • (V) Thompson T1B100D.
      • (VI) Thompson T1B50D.
      • (VII) Thompson T1BSB.
      • (VIII) Thompson T1–C.
      • (IX) Thompson T1D.
      • (X) Thompson T1SB.
      • (XI) Thompson T5.
      • (XII) Thompson T5100D.
      • (XIII) Thompson TM1.
      • (XIV) Thompson TM1C.
    • (xxi) UMAREX UZI rifle.
    • (xxii) UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine.
    • (xxiii) Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78.
    • (xxiv) Vector Arms UZI Type.
    • (xxv) Weaver Arms Nighthawk.
    • (xxvi) Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.
  • All of the following pistols, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:
    • (i) All AK–47 types, including the following:
      • (I) Centurion 39 AK pistol.
      • (II) CZ Scorpion pistol.
      • (III) Draco AK–47 pistol.
      • (IV) HCR AK–47 pistol.
      • (V) IO Inc. Hellpup AK–47 pistol.
      • (VI) Krinkov pistol.
      • (VII) Mini Draco AK–47 pistol.
      • (VIII) PAP M92 pistol.
      • (IX) Yugo Krebs Krink pistol.
    • (ii) All AR–15 types, including the following:
      • (I) American Spirit AR–15 pistol.
      • (II) Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol.
      • (III) Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol GEN II.
      • (IV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 Roscoe pistol.
      • (V) Daniel Defense MK18 pistol.
      • (VI) DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol.
      • (VII) DPMS AR–15 pistol.
      • (VIII) Jesse James Nomad AR–15 pistol.
      • (IX) Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol.
      • (X) Osprey Armament MK–18 pistol.
      • (XI) POF USA AR pistols.
      • (XII) Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol.
      • (XIII) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M–4 pistol.
    • (iii) Calico Liberty pistols.
    • (iv) DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol.
    • (v) Encom MP–9 and MP–45.
    • (vi) Heckler & Koch model SP–8 pistol.
    • (vii) Intratec AB–10, TEC–22 Scorpion, TEC–9, and TEC–DC9.
    • (viii) IWI Galil Ace pistol, UZI PRO pistol.
    • (ix) Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol.
      • (x) The following MAC types:
        • (I) MAC–10.
        • (II) MAC–11.
        • (III) Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and MPA Mini Tactical Pistol.
        • (IV) Military Armament Corp. Ingram M–11.
        • (V) Velocity Arms VMAC.
      • (xi) Sig Sauer P556 pistol.
      • (xii) Sites Spectre.
      • (xiii) All Thompson types, including the following:
        • (I) Thompson TA510D.
        • (II) Thompson TA5.
      • (xiv) All UZI types, including Micro-UZI.
  • All of the following shotguns, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof:
    • (i) DERYA Anakon MC–1980, Anakon SD12.
    • (ii) Doruk Lethal shotguns.
    • (iii) Franchi LAW–12 and SPAS 12.
    • (iv) All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the following:
      • (I) IZHMASH Saiga 12.
      • (II) IZHMASH Saiga 12S.
      • (III) IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP–01.
      • (IV) IZHMASH Saiga 12K.
      • (V) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–030.
      • (VI) IZHMASH Saiga 12K–040 Taktika.
    • (v) Streetsweeper.
    • (vi) Striker 12.
  • All belt-fed semiautomatic firearms, including TNW M2HB and FN M2495.
  • Any combination of parts from which a firearm described in subparagraphs (A) through (K) can be assembled.
  • The frame or receiver of a rifle or shotgun described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), (F), (G), (H), (J), or (K).

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