Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S.150 - the Assault Weapons (sic) Ban of 2013 - to much hoopla yesterday. She may have even pulled a David Gregory when she used 10 firearms prohibited by the District of Columbia in her presentation. While the bill as it stands may not even get enough Democrat votes to pass the Senate, I have the feeling that it will be used as a negotiating tool.
S.150 has 17 original co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sen Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] - 1/24/2013While there are no Republican co-sponsors to this bill, the Washington Post reported today that Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is working with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on other gun control measures.
Sen Boxer, Barbara [D-CA] - 1/24/2013
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] - 1/24/2013
Sen Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] - 1/24/2013
Sen Durbin, Richard [D-IL] - 1/24/2013
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] - 1/24/2013
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] - 1/24/2013
Sen Levin, Carl [D-MI] - 1/24/2013
Sen Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] - 1/24/2013
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [D-MD] - 1/24/2013
Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT] - 1/24/2013
Sen Reed, Jack [D-RI] - 1/24/2013
Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [D-WV] - 1/24/2013
Sen Schatz, Brian [D-HI] - 1/24/2013
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] - 1/24/2013
Sen Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] - 1/24/2013
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] - 1/24/2013
The full text of S.150 is not yet up on the Library of Congress' Thomas server. However, a full text copy have been loaded on Scribd and can be found here. Appendix A lists a large number of single-shot, double-barreled, pump, bolt-action, and some semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that would be expressly exempted from the provision of S.150.
To be frank, Appendix A reads as if some staffer sat down with old copies of Gun Digest and started copying names. For example, it exempts the Ithaca Model 87 pump shotgun but makes no mention of the Model 37. The Model 37 was renamed the Model 87 for a brief period of time and then reverted back to the original name of Model 37.
A summary of the provisions of S.150 can be found here. While grandfathered firearms were not put under the National Firearms Act as previously speculated, it still contains onerous provisions. It contains a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms and forbids the sale or transfer of grandfathered magazines. Grandfathered firearms would be allowed to be sold but must go through a FFL and a NICS check.
If you haven't written to your congressman or senator, start now. Even if you live in California or one of the states of her fellow-traveler co-sponsors, write anyway. Don't let anyone say they didn't get letters, emails, and faxes in opposition.
As Leon Trotsky, one of the fathers of the Communist Revolution, said to his Menshevik opponents, and it could just as readily be applied to Feinstein, her bill, and its backers, "You are pitiful, isolated individuals! You are bankrupts. Your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on—into the dustbin of history!"