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Feinstein introduces gun ban bill

This news story was published on January 24, 2013.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) talks to reporters.  UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) talks to reporters. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill Thursday to ban more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features.

In addition to banning the manufacture, sale, transfer or importation of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can accept detachable magazines and have at least one military feature, the legislation — titled “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013” — would ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and place new security requirements on people who already own such weapons, The Hill reported.

It would also apply to semi-automatic rifles and handguns with fixed magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds, and all semi-automatic shotguns with folding or detachable stocks, pistol grips, forward grips or fixed magazines with room for more than five rounds, The Hill said.

It exempts assault weapons that are “lawfully possessed” as of the date the bill is enacted, but sales of exempted weapons would be subject to background checks.

“No weapon is taken from anyone,” Feinstein said. “The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time.”

Feinstein said getting the bill through Congress will be “an uphill battle,” but she said it would be “a battle worth having.”

“We must balance the desire of a few to own military-style assault weapons with the growing threat to lives across America,” she said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed into law a state ban similar to Feinstein’s proposed measure.

National Rifle Association President David Keene said Wednesday New York’s ban on assault weapons was likely unconstitutional and his organization planned to file a “notice of claim” against the state — the first step toward a possible lawsuit.

“A so-called assault-weapons ban in today’s world is probably unconstitutional,” Keene told radio station WGDJ, Rensselaer, N.Y., citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in District of Columbia vs. Heller, which he said prevents the government from banning “commonly used firearms.”

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion for the majority provided Second Amendment protection for commonly used and popular handguns, but not for atypical arms or arms used for unlawful purposes, such as sawed-off shotguns.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday it will be difficult to win congressional passage for some of President Barack Obama’s proposals on gun control but that “doesn’t mean that we should not work aggressively to achieve them. There’s broad public support for taking action.”

Obama has said a top priority is to get “an assault weapons ban that is meaningful” passed this year. Carney noted none of Obama’s proposals “would take a gun away from a single, law-abiding American citizen.”

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., provided the backdrop for the Feinstein bill as Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, as well as Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, whose district includes Newtown, joined Feinstein in introducing the measure.

Twenty students and six staff members at the elementary school were killed in the Dec. 14 attack. Among the weapons Adam Lanza had was an assault rifle.

Co-sponsors also include the second- and third-ranking members of the Senate Democratic leadership, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Police Foundation and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators have endorsed the bill introduced Thursday, The Hill said.

Blumenthal told Hearst Newspapers the new bill would “be a more stringent measure than the assault weapon ban that existed from 1994 to 2004.”

He said the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would work hand-in-hand with heightened school security and mental-health reform.

“This measure is a significant first step as part of a comprehensive program,” he said.

The bill introduced Thursday has no sunset clause, unlike the bill Feinstein wrote — and Congress passed — in 1994. It expired in 2004.

Critics of the 1994 ban have said it was ineffective because gun companies simply re-engineered weapons to get around its requirements.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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23 Responses to Feinstein introduces gun ban bill

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t trust any politician and to do so without gaurded trust shows ignorance. Whether Garrow speaks the truth or not I don’t care. You cannot give me any excuse that will violate your constitutional right to own an AR15 with a 30 round clip. Frankly, I’d rather have a higher caliber and capacity clip if ever my government wants to express a Kent St attitude. If I have to point out all of the questionable recent actions of our government then I don’t believe you really care about what is happening and how it is happening and would be a waste of time.

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    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    January 27, 2013 at 8:03 am

    If I’ve read correctly, what Frankenstein’s bill says, is there would be an exemption for members of congress. So, its OK for them to have the types of weapons she wants to ban, but not for the common citizen. Once again, the big democratic machine knows what is better for us, then we do.

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    blog Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2013 at 6:57 am

    It’s obvious Feinstein and La Pierre are the radical opinions on opposite ends of the situation. Hopefully some smarter people will work on the issue to see if there is a reasonable solution.

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    MrToot Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Waa Waa Waa

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      maybe Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2013 at 6:34 am

      This video is why she is trying to ban guns.

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        Jackson Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Thx for the link. This is scary, more so than the rodent at City Hall!!!

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        @maybe-I watched the link and it is very scary if true. It is so hard to trust anyone anymore. I guess I just don’t want to believe it. If it is true they would be in for one hell of a fight as there are a lot of veterans out here who would stand and fight and there are a few of us civilians that would as well.

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        maybe Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        When I joined the army the oath that I took was to uphold and defend the constitution of these United States. Not the oath obama said, to follow the orders in your chain of command up to and including the president of the United States. If paying china back by giving them land here is his agenda you are right, there will be a big fight. I really hope some of these yahoos in congress open there eyes and put a stop to it, otherwise someone with an AR will.

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        happyguy Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        maybe I watched the first part of the video about the question that is supposedly being aske dof officers in the military. I then check into the back ground of Gary Franchi. Here is what I found. Gary Franchi, Jr. is an avant-garde filmmaker, television host, Managing Editor of Republic Magazine, national grassroots organizer, and is the successor to the late Hollywood Producer Aaron Russo (Trading Places, The Rose) as the National Director of is the legacy group formed in response to the success of Russo’s “America: Freedom to Fascism” and was later singled out by Ron Paul for bringing tens of thousands of new patriots into the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign and the Ron Paul Revolution.

        In 2008, Gary co-hosted the pre-Tea-Party Revolution March in Washington, DC that was attended by 15,000 revolutionaries. He has recently produced a new documentary film with award winning director William Lewis about detention centers and the loss of liberty in America titled “Camp FEMA”. You can watch Gary as he hosts the popular weekly show, The Reality Report, on Freedom.TV.

        I am sorry maybe but I don’t buy into your sky is falling mentality. I don’t believe any of what he is saying. How can you believe something like this based on rumor and innuendo. I never believe anything that someone says without some supporting facts. All of what they are talking about is based on an anonymous source.

        Gary Franchi is a right wing extremist with a political agenda. Be very careful of what he or anyone like him is trying to sell you.

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        maybe Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        Now thats the kind of response I like, not putting me down for listening to it but trying to show me how I am wrong. I had officers ask me the same question years ago so I do believe it but if you have more proof I am more than willing to listen. You actually talked to me like a person and I thank you. You keep trying to convince me how wrong I am and I will keep trying to convince you how right I am and maybe someday we can meet in the middle.

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        maybe Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        Another thing, the first time I’ve heard of this guy was when the reporter introduced him. I know nothing about the movies. I do have to admit that since I was asked the same question plus I was in a bit of a hurry I didn’t research this guy before posting. Again I do believe what he is saying though.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I wish these upper crust moron do-gooders would stop referring to the AR 15 as an assault weapon. It might look like a military style assault weapon, but it is not. The average citizen cannot legally own a military style assault weapon, unless that citizen has a class 3 firearms permit. I don’t believe that the ATFE gives them out like candy. I know that the government and the media like to use that term, because it strikes fear in the minds of the sheeple. I’m glad to read and hear about all the mayors and sheriffs dept’s around the country standing their ground against the onslaught of communism that’s coming from our government. It’s going to be a long four years.

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    bodacious Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    @LVS Your opinion is valid because it is your opinion but Ms Feinstein has been reelected by an overwhelming majority in all but one of her Senate races. So even though your opinion is valid it is the minority opinion.

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    Sigsaur Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Whats the differance felons will still have guns and take ours away would just give them more power and they get the last laugh. Hasnt crime dropped since carry laws have changed. Yet president and hos family get armed security. What we arent good enough? The so called assault weapon is most popular firearm for hunting. Better ban hammers, cars,baseball bats,knives, ladders,tire irons and to many other items to add in which has killed more people than guns.

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      maybe Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      they said on the news today that the firearms ban will not effect our hunting and sporting rifles yet the ar15 is a hunting and sporting rifle.

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      happyguy Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

      You are right with part of your analogy: “hammers, cars,baseball bats,knives, ladders,tire irons and to many other items to add in which has killed more people than guns.” So the next time you go hunting why don’t you take a bat, a car, a knife, or a ladder? Or why doesn’t the military arm soldiers with the same?

      You are trying to comparing apples to oranges, accidental deaths to murders. Gun control is aimed at eliminating as many murders as possible not accidental deaths caused by bats, knives, hammers, ect.

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        maybe Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

        @happyguy, watch the video I posted above.

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    bodacious Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    When are you right wingers going to understand that we have a democracy here. That people are given the right by the same Constitution that you so adamantly defend when it comes to 2nd Amendment rights. Even Feinstein says that it will be an “uphill battle” to get it passed in the Senate meaning it probably won’t pass. She knows that and your demeaning remarks about her are nothing but the rantings of ill-dispositioned whiners.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      @bodacious-I am going to disagree with you here Bo. She is a piece of crap and always has been. We lived in California for awhile and it was well known how much she was on the take. The problem was and is the same, big money behind them and can’t get them out of office. She will do what ever it takes to get her name in the lights. Doesn’t matter who it hurts as we are all little people to her.

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      maybe Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      By democracy if you mean that they try to take our rights away. If you mean that the government can do whatever they want to us, take away everything from us. I personally don’t believe thats what a democracy is, more communism. If thats the kind of place you want to live in then I have a couple suggestions for you.

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    Mike Petersen Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more LVS! And to anybody around here who supports these stupid democrats that believe in taking away the constitution, why don’t you go move to one of these states where they provide and see how great things are there.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    This hypocrite need to go back to California where she belongs and take her weapon with her. Her and her type have completely destroyed that state and should not be allowed to make decisions that affect the rest of us. We don’t need her B.S.

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      msgordy Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      I agree.. This POS should have been ousted when she was on the congressional board that awarded military contractors……HER HUSBANDS company was one of them…to the tune of 58 MILLION dollars. The ugly bitch needs to just go away..retire already