Assault weapons ban to be dropped from Senate gun bill

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WASHINGTON – An assault weapons ban will not be included in a package of gun safety legislation that will come to the Senate floor, the measure’s champion, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said Tuesday.

The California Democrat said her party’s leaders told her that her legislation, approved last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee in a party-line vote, could be offered as an amendment to the larger bill.


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Feinstein expressed disappointment that her attempt to revive the 1994 ban was dropped to clear the way for other measures. “I very much regret it. I tried my best. But my best, I guess, wasn’t good enough,” Feinstein said before heading into the Senate Democrats’ strategy luncheon.

Feinstein’s bill would prohibit the sale, import and manufacture of more than 150 weapons and ban ammunition magazines that can accept more than 10 rounds.  People who already legally own assault weapons – 3.5 million to 4 million, by one estimate – would be allowed to keep them. Sale of existing weapons would require buyers to undergo background checks.

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  • Mike Hardman

    So they're dropping a ridiculously stupid portion of their "gun control" proposal, as a concession for passing several unconstitutional features of the "gun control" proposal. Write your senators, yes, remind them that none of these proposals are legal and they are all attacks on the law abiding. Remind them that we already have background checks and not only are the proposed infringements acts of treason, but we need to do something about the gun laws on the books already, for every time those laws are enforced, that is in fact, an act of treason by our government. We also need to get a poll started so we can show our senators just how many Americans oppose tyrannical legislation.

  • Mike Hardman

    Any and all laws that affect our 2nd Amendment are unconstitutional. I didn't realize that most people did not read the federalist papers that recorded the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I blame my parents for subjecting me to extraordinarily important information. They clear up all of the ridiculous debates and "Constitutional Hearings" that the Supreme Court has been wasting our time and money on. The 2nd was explicitly designed with the purpose of being untouchable by the government, they don't have the power to create any law that regulates anything to do with firearms, "Military Grade" or otherwise. Technically, any enforcement of a firearm law is an act of treason by our government. There are some, that aren't of malicious design, like the background checks that are currently in place, but the new background checks are actually a database of registry with the government. To see the entire picture, you have to read not only the current proposition for Universal background checks, that seems like a harmless redundancy to the one currently in place with a few minor changes… but those minor changes, taken in with the patriot act and several executive orders actually shifts to a functional firearm registration database. Gun Free Zones, also, are not only unconstitutional but they are designed to create pockets of unrestricted criminal activity, by ensuring that law abiding citizens are not capable of defending themselves or others in these areas, they are creating events that they can use to further their agenda to disarm America. Their most powerful tool is ignorant voters… that's not intended to be an insult, they just aren't informed. Hoplophobes, though not bad people, are also very powerful tools that the govt uses, appealing to emotionally responsive, ignorant voters. Magazine capacity regulations are not just unconstitutional, but they can easily mean the difference between life and death in the event that you have to use a firearm to defend yourself or others from a criminal. Legitimately, there is absolutely nothing in the proposed bill that is not an infringement on our rights as Americans.