Yesterday I told you that Senator Dianne Feinstein's proposed "assault weapons ban" bill would include banning handguns and require gun owners to be fingerprinted. Well, there is much more to the story. The handguns mentioned were pretty specific and if this bill is passed, you can say "Goodbye" to purchasing a new Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, M&P, H&K, or Colt among other name brands.
What is the reasoning for this? According to Feinstein's site:
Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic.
I point this out because most in the line of the above mentioned brands fit the criteria outlined in this bill. In fact, that was one of the major reasons I ended up purchasing Glocks. It wasn't for the name brand. It was because they met certain military requirements for durability and reliability.
Additionally, you'll notice it isn't just assault weapons or even semi-automatic handguns Feinstein mentions. Included are shotguns with detachable magazines that have one military characteristic. These would include pump action shotguns with magazines, as well as, semi-automatic shotguns with magazines.
You may be thinking to yourself that the weapons you already own that fit into these categories will be grandfathered in. You would be correct. However, as I pointed out yesterday that grandfathering requires the following:
- 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;
In addition, there is an additional tax for you to pay when you register those weapons under the National Firearms Act that you already own! According to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, "The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm." So, they are going to charge you a couple of hundred bucks more for every weapon you already own that falls under these categories!
So while we've been hearing lots about the AR-15, and excellent and accurate rifle, and the snooty remarks about how "no one needs a 30 round magazine," the sneakiness of the Democrats on the new bill doesn't disappoint us as Senator Feinstein has gone way beyond any of that. The focus of late has been on the military style rifles, in the wake of the shootings recently, including the one that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. Semi-automatic handguns have had some degree of light cast upon them as well, but the call for banning is not just about these weapons and it isn't just about children murdered at Sandy Hook. It's the old adage of the "camel getting it's nose in the tent."
This is just a way for Democrats and gun grabbers to get their foot in the door, on their way to attempt to ban all guns. Right now they claim to want to do it only prospectively, but should this pass and more shootings occur, there will be a push to do it retroactively. Personally, I wonder how they will enforce it. Should it come to that, I believe there are many Americans who will give their guns to the government. In fact, many are doing so now for next to nothing gift cards. Others however, in the spirit of the founding fathers, will give the feds their guns....ammunition first, of course.
But what will be next? Now it's military style rifles, semi-automatic handguns and shotguns. How long before revolvers are included? What about Deringers? How long before even a simple .22 rifle or handgun, or even a BB gun will be pushed as a "threat to society?"
Awr Hawkins is right: "If we are foolish enough to embrace a ban on any weapon in the coming Congress then we are unwittingly embracing a ban on every weapon."