URGENT: New Assault Weapons Ban Language – It Affects YOUR Guns
Well here it is folks. We knew Dianne Feinstein was going to introduce a new proposed assault weapons ban to Congress in January.
What we didn’t know is that she is swinging for the fences on this one.
If you have a gun that uses a magazine, chances are you will be affected by this legislation.
Summary of 2013 legislation
Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:
- 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
The last section is particularly troubling.
If this passes you are going to have to take on the time required and cost to register your weapon under the NFA just like you currently do for machine guns. It is unclear if every gun owner is going to have to pay the currently required $200 tax per gun.
If you don’t do this in time, or forget to then you will be breaking the same laws as if you currently had possession of an unregistered, fully automatic machine gun.
This cannot be allowed to pass. It is sweeping legislation that will affect almost every gun owner. This is far, far more reaching than the original 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.
All gun owners need to band together and do the following:
- Join the NRA
- Join Gun Owners of America
- Find your House Representative and both Senators from your state. Write them a hand written letter, email their office and call to let them know your opinions on any assault weapons ban. It is important to use all three forms of communication.