Sen. Feinstein introduces new ‘assault weapons’ ban to outlaws most modern semiautomatic firearms

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has long been at the forefront of gun-grabbing Democrats who seek to blatantly infringe upon and undermine the Second Amendment-protected right of all Americans to keep and bear arms with strict regulations, complete bans, and proposed confiscations.

The anti-gun Democrat is at it again as the California senator has introduced yet another bill to ban and outlaw semiautomatic so-called “assault weapons” and the “high capacity” ammunition magazines that come standard with such weapons, Breitbart reported.

Of course, while Feinstein’s bill may well be passed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, it is almost certainly dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled House, meaning that as much as Second Amendment-hating President Joe Biden would love to sign this unconstitutional measure into law, he will be denied of that opportunity.

Time to “remove these weapons of war from our streets”

In a Monday press release, Sen. Feinstein announced that she had teamed up with Democratic Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy to introduce the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2023” and a separate bill dubbed the “Age 21 Act” that would increase the federal minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic “assault weapon” rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21.

“We were tragically reminded this weekend of the deadly nature of assault weapons when a shooter used one to kill 11 people and injure 9 more at a Lunar New Year celebration in California,” Feinstein said in a statement.

“The constant stream of mass shootings have one common thread: they almost all involve assault weapons. It’s because these weapons were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. They have no business in our communities or schools,” she added. “It’s time we stand up to the gun lobby and remove these weapons of war from our streets, or at the very least keep them out of the hands of young people.”

Ban covers virtually all modern semiautomatic weapons and magazines

Sen. Feinstein’s “Assault Weapons Ban of 2023” is similar in many respects to her several prior failed attempts at gun ban legislation in that it seeks to make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.” Also banned would be any magazines or “ammunition feeding devices” that hold more than 10 rounds.

Individuals who violate those prohibitions would be penalized under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(a)(1)(B) and be subject to imprisonment for up to five years and an unspecified fine.

As for what, exactly, would constitute a banned “semiautomatic assault weapon,” that could include a wide variety of pistols, rifles, and shotguns based almost exclusively on certain cosmetic characteristics and features that have little or no bearing on how the weapon operates or its lethality in comparison to non-“assault weapons.”

Indeed, a semiautomatic rifle would be banned if it had a detachable magazine plus one or more features like a pistol grip, forward grip, adjustable stock, grenade launcher, barrel shroud, or threaded barrel. That also applies to semiautomatic shotguns with a detachable magazine or can hold more than five rounds plus a pistol grip, forward grip, grenade launcher, or adjustable stock, as well as any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

For pistols, the ban would include any semiautomatic with a detachable magazine plus a threaded barrel, forward grip, barrel shroud, a magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip, is a copy of an automatic version, weighs more than 50 ounces unloaded, or features a buffer tube or stabilizing brace that protrudes from the rear of the weapon.

Actual “weapons of war” exempted from ban

While the above descriptions would likely encompass the vast majority of semiautomatic firearms in circulation today, Sen. Feinstein’s bill also specifically names more than 200 particular pistols, rifles, and shotguns that would be explicitly banned.

Interestingly enough, the bill also specifically exempts thousands of particular named firearms, including some that are semiautomatic and are actual and legitimate “weapons of war” that Democrats like Feinstein often whine about, such as the iconic World War II-era rifles like the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine as well as the Chinese SKS rifle.

For what it is worth, Feinstein’s bill includes a “grandfather clause” that allows for “assault weapons” or “high capacity” magazines legally possessed prior to the ban taking effect to be retained by its owner, though a background check through a licensed dealer would be required to transfer, sell, or loan the weapon to anybody else.

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