Friday, January 25, 2013

S.150- Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

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] - 1/24/2013
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
While 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.

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!"


  1. I'm just going to wait this one out...

  2. I think the list is the same one or very close to the same one that was in the 1994 law and that is why they list the Model 87 because that was the name from 1987 to 1996. Before and after it was the model 37.

    1. No, it's not. Not only was the previous list totally useless for it's advertised purpose, the new list is just as useless and exposes the fact that this has nothing to do with saving anyone's life. It's pure agenda politics.

  3. I am amazed that so few gunowner advocates are aware of what gun control advocates had planned for the "Appendix A" of "exempted" guns in Sen. Feinstein's 1994 AWB.

    In 2003, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) introduced HR 2038, the "reauthorization" of the AWB which almost every gun control advocate supported. It had a section titled:


    (Please see below)

    108th CONGRESS
    1st Session
    H. R. 2038

    To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for other purposes.



    May 8, 2003

    Mrs. McCarthy of New York (for herself, Mr. Shays, Mr. Conyers, Mr.
    Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Lofgren, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas,
    Ms. Waters, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Delahunt, Mr. Wexler, Mr. Weiner, Ms. Linda
    T. Sanchez of California, Mr. Emanuel, Mr. Case, Mrs. Maloney, Ms.
    Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Kennedy of Rhode Island, Mr. Rangel, Ms.
    Woolsey, Mr. Ackerman, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Honda, Mr. Stark, Ms. Solis,
    Ms. Lee, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Towns, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr.
    Grijalva, Ms. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Norton, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Rush,
    Ms. Watson, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Jackson of
    Illinois, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Owens, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Cummings, Ms.
    Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Farr, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of
    California, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Markey, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Holt,
    Mr. Payne, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mrs.
    Tauscher, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Engel, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Hoeffel, Mrs. Lowey,
    Mr. Menendez, Ms. Velazquez, Mr. Tierney, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania,
    Mr. Rothman, Mr. Fattah, Ms. Harman, Mr. Bishop of New York, and Mr.
    Langevin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
    Committee on the Judiciary


    A BILL

    To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for other purposes.


    Section 922(v)(3) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by
    striking ``(3)'' and all that follows through the 1st sentence and
    inserting the following:
    ``(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any firearm that--
    ``(A) is manually operated by bolt, pump, level, or slide
    ``(B) has been rendered permanently inoperable; or
    ``(C) is an antique firearm.''.

    So just what exemptions were to be repealed in Rep. McCarthy's AWB reauthorization?

    Why, it's the entirety of the "exempted" guns listed in Appendix A!

    If any gunowners were fooled by the 1994 Appendix A, they would have been double crossed by the "renewal" had it passed.

    Sen. Feinstein obviously thinks she can pull off the same deception twice.

  4. The list of co-sponsors is a short summary of those who hate Americans.

    Each of them violates their oath of office with this action.
    It is an attack on the Constitution which they swore to uphold.
    They are despots, tyrants, elitists, and liberal scum.

    Only my enemy wants me they can all go pound sand.

  5. I support S.150 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2013,.This law should be passed partly because of all the gun related events in the pass year. Those type of guns should not be owned by regular citizens and only be used for military purposes. If those weapons fell into the wrong hands it could be a problem for law enforcement to stop an individual that's committed a crime. Do everything in your power to get this bill passed.