Senator Feinstine goes for guns

Senator Feinstein plans to introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices – in short, almost all guns.

Summary of 2013 legislation follows:

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 military characteristic
  • 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
  • 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

Click here to reach Senator Feinstine’s online announcement.

PDF of the bill summary is available here.

Why Senator Feinstine is not demanding answers from the Administration over the illegal gun program of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder – Fast and Furious – is unknown.  It may be a lack of personal courage or public honor.  Again with President Barack Obama’s betrayal in Benghazi, the question of guns arise and their transfer to groups known as terrorists – including, but not limited to those linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why the U.S. Senate is not holding hearings on the failed mental health industry is another good question.  What damage drugs proscribed inflict on the “patient”should be reviewed.  What monitoring and supervision of known mental health threats/clients is also a subject the U.S. Senate could consider.  Is the science of mental health really a science or a joke?  What levels of success should be demanded to protect the public from known threats?  Should these so-called professionals be held responsible?  If not, why not?  Does the public not have a right to demand from mental health professionals some professional level of protection  for innocents when corn-brain patients pop-off in the fire of daily life?  What about when they attack innocent children or their own family members trying to help them who follow the advice of mental health professionals?  Do state departments of mental health also hold some responsibility when the known mentally ill attack?

Tulsa Today will provide coverage should Senator Feistine or other elected officials begin to address these or related issues.  Stay tuned – it could happen any day.