Senate To Go For Handguns & Gun Owners' Fingerprints!

At the end of November, I wrote about leaks coming from the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) concerning her "Assault Weapons Ban" bill that she is set to introduce in the first session of the Senate in January. Many people wrote to me and commented on how this was not a gun ban on anything but certain types of rifles and that the issue of handguns was not, well, an issue. Low and behold, from the Senator's own website, this bill of hers does include handguns and additionally seeks to pick up gun owners' fingerprints.

The following is a summary of the legislation, from her own site, that she will be introducing:

  • Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
  • 120 specifically-named firearms
  • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
  • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
  • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
  • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
  • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
  • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
  • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
  • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
  • 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; and
  • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

Additionally, as you can see, the ban calls for high capacity magazines to be banned that hold over 10 rounds. This is akin to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Big Gulp" ban of drinks over 16 ounces. A person can carry as many 10 round magazines as he desires legally to inflict whatever damage he wants to. This ban does nothing to stop a person bent on criminal activity from firing as many rounds as he can carry as quickly as he likes to. It will take him less than two seconds to change the magazine.

The language about protecting "legitimate" hunters and gun owners means nothing and the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. This is simply how the left views the Second Amendment.

However, something that is alarming is that those with grandfathered weapons will have to register them under the National Firearms Act, which includes identifying you not only by photograph, but also fingerprints and obtaining certification from local law enforcement.

Last but not least, it will involve more government. Notice the last provision, "Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration." That's right, more of your tax dollars will be at work to curb the market for the weapons you want and are currently saying through the skyrocketing sales of firearms!

Feinstein also lists various studies on the website that attempts to proclaim the "effectiveness of the 1994-2004 assault weapons ban." However, there doesn't seem to be a fair comparison by any means as the studies reference shootings alone and not an escalation of other criminal activity. This is something that has to be pointed out over and over when this debate takes place.

UPDATE: The NRA points out that those of us with existing weapons that will be grandfathered in have another special surprise, I mean tax, awaiting us. The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action informs us:

The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm.

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444 thoughts on “Senate To Go For Handguns & Gun Owners' Fingerprints!

  1. Since 1970, I have had many background checks with fingerprints to get and keep a job as a Professional RN. I have bought 3 guns filling out bg checks for each one. I have a concealed weapons permit on the advice of law enforcement. I had to give fingerprints as required by law in 2 states. How many more bg checks and fingerprints do I need?

  2. We need to do more than sing to the choir. We have to push our congressmen to action and urge them to oppose this maniac on every front, flood our papers with letters to the editor, join the Tea Party, take part in local government - in short be a lot more active and vocal. Praying woudn't hurt.

  3. BrotherInArms says:


    I am with you all in that we are essentially on the cusp of a civil war. However, I don't agree that it is the [current] President, or the Left, or the Right, or communist invaders. I believe that this is all simply the side-effects of greed allowed to flourish by the misguided representation of socialism (in other words, one of Man's faults).

    I don't believe that there is anyway to stop what is coming as I believe in order to do so WE THE PEOPLE need to become selfless and MUCH more involved in "nurturing our country". This just will NOT happen as Man is largely, selfish! I love you all as I can see that you are "ready to die" for what you believe in and I feel after reading, that it is a LOT more than "the right to bear arms". I am with you brothers (and sisters) and will fight with you and dedicate to you all that our forefathers did at the signing of The Declaration when comes that day. Just as several have typed here, be ready to die because many will for the cause...

    As many say "history repeats itself". God be with us all.

  4. Freedomfirghters says:

    Folks, when is enough, enough? Where do we draw the line? If you are prepared to draw a line you must be prepared for repercussions/consequences of such an act. I hear and read a lot of vocal opinions and tough talk. But when do we, like our Founding Fathers, make a stand? I have 2 children and I don't want them to have to see the bloody effects of a war on their own soil. I also don't want them to grow up in a country that no-longer protects it's citizens and the government turns into a communist regime. I do believe that we are now at the point of no-return where we either rollover and give up our God given rights to a hitler wannabe or we fight. By fight I don't mean with words, votes or protest. Hasn't it come time for action to retake our country? Our country will NEVER be the same again. We will never-more be a "free" society, the last election fixed that. It's not a question of "if" we have another revolution but "when". I also believe that most of our military would support the citizens and not the rogue government that now controls our future. In that type of war no one wins-we will all lose because of the high cost of Freedom. Are you prepared to pay that price? I AM!!!

  5. When a good king rules the people rejoice. Fascist "dicktaters" are the most corrupt of self serving "kings" and the goal is to subdue by law and then force their "subjects" to submit to unConstitutional laws (like Soetoro care) and the never ending ASSAULTonthe only method to control the gathering tyranny. The pot containing the frog (U.S. patriots) is now at a rolling boil. It started around 60 years ago and we better be danm sure more conservative Tea Party candidates get elected in 2014 so that a more Constitutional form of gumMINT really represents legal Americans.The Racist in Chief and his worshipping cohorts need to see the evil, dividing. hatred they spew for the ungodly un American bigotry to which they hold, as the antithesis of all this nation started out to be. I pray Soetoro gets NONE of his recommendations fo any level of the judiciary. Seems the judiciary has enough corruption and the trend needs reversal.

  6. Every Veteran says:

    After all of the service I have given this Country, they have all of the copies of my finger prints and DNA that they need. I set out to make myself dangerous to my enemies (foreign or domestic). If they set out to infringe upon firearm owners RIGHTS (violate the US Constitution), they will find my biometrics all over the place.

  7. -"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    Does anybody else think the current resident of the White House has fallen a bit short of his sworn duty?

  8. YOU CANNOT TAX A CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHT! The supreme courts has said so several times

  9. I will let her see ONE of MY fingers,,, GUESS which one.

  10. Obama to Put “Full Weight” Behind Feinstein Gun Confiscation Plan

  11. Reminds me of the early legislation in the UK. Registration leads to confliscation , always has , always will. That is Frankenstien's intention in her bill.Her intention has always been to render the people of this great nation powerless to resist her tyranical government. They are all national socialists and not to be trusted.

  12. OK they are saying guns are bad and should be made illeagal. The problem they face is this (and I'd like to A story along this line with factual numbers) There are some 300 million guns in privet hands. Owned by 100 million Americans. If some how they got A law pasted banning them they have A bigger problem. How to take them away? I think some or most gun owners could be un-happy but turn them over for destruction. But what of thoses that would refuse to? Even with A 99% complince that would leave A million owners still armed. Since they would be concidered crimmanal the next step of fighting to keep them would be on. Now take in the fact that 3 million guns or more would still be in the hands of A million people who are not going to give them to any goverment agent. How many cops are there? I would think less than the million nation wide. Hunters and the people that buy assualt style rifles shoot on A fairly regular basis and are good shots (myself included) I would rather not shoot someone just doing their job but I still beleave in the constitution. It gives me the right to own what I have. So anyone trying to take them away would be stealing from me. I have the right to defend my property. If they sent 10 officers to take my guns, several of these officers would not be going home. So now there are 2 or 3 or 10 less cops. Yes they may get the guns by shooting me and my wife but the numbers are against them. If every one of the people hanging onto their guns can do the same they would be able to get 30 or 40 persent of the guns left on the street. but there will be no more cops to collect them. I am not inviting violence on law inforcement but theses guesses are not to far off. The one I think is off by the most is the one where they get 99% complince from gun owners. They would probley get less than 90% to volenterly turn them in. That number means 10 million people willing to fight to keep their rights. That alone means these owners would be the largest army on the planet. Probley larger than the U.S. millatery and Chinas army combined. So at 10% it would be A force that could stand up to any assalut world wide. Just my opinion but its based on statements on these story comments. People are saying they will not give up their guns. That they will fight to keep them no matter what.

  13. sarahballantyne says:

    We do not think that they need our fingerprints unless we break the law. No matter what kind
    of law they make in regards to having a weapon someone will get a gun by stealing it and
    killing another person or persons. There are two solutions to this problem. If you commit a
    crime the first time put your behind in jail with your partner for a year and the second time
    just take you out and shoot you and that way you can not come back and do anything.
    Make sense everyone????

  14. Baton Rouge Conservative says:

    I think a poll of the Israeli people should be made to see how they feel about a mandate requiring people to suddenly register their guns, fingerprinting, and a background check.
    I doubt that the Jews in Israel would agree to these Hitler-like requirements, as Hitler started the first steps to take over Germany and the extinction of the Jews with these innocent type "government requirements" until it was suddenly realized to be too late. I would think Feinstein would be considerably more sensitive to history and less accomodating to
    a president that finds nothing wrong with the muslim brotherhood. Three words that Obama fits into nicely, being from ! What does the guy have to do to these braincells that re-elected him, poke them in the eye! Its mind boggling how little thought process goes into a Democraic vote.

  15. Diane Feinstein is a whacko of the 1st order! A good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun is the only REAL answer. Places where hand-gun ownership is highest havlowest rates of violent crime. That is a FACT! What part of FACT does this whacko not understand?

  16. This is a most wonderful idea who's time has come, but why stop there! Let's go for it all, not only test; certify, license, register all gun owners and create a data base of said owners. Then let the public have easy access to this data base so they can see who their potential enemies are. This data base should include Name; address, telephone mumber (home, cell & work), work address, vehicle description, photo, type of weapon. The government and civilians must be protected. Also publish this list in all newspapers for the public should know who in their neighborhood is a gun owner and a potential threat to their life!

    • Why don't we publish a list in every newspaper of the names addresses and phone #'s and all personal information of people that DO NOT OWN firearms, that way the criminals would know who NOT to rob because they may be armed. Wouldnt want any criminals to get hurt now would we.

  17. The first thing that needs to be determined is what drove this individual to perform this
    insane act. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if a lot of todays computer
    games might contribute to what happened. I question why his mother had an
    assault weapon along with the pistols. These weapons could easily be fixed with
    a trigger lock to keep them out of harms way.Instantly everyone looks for gun
    laws but the guns are not contributing to the persons actions. Everyone can
    point the finger at whom ever, where were the police, the janitor ran through
    the hall hollaring that an individual was in the hall way with a gun. Why did no
    on call the police or over power this individual. Why aren't teachers taught
    what to do in a case like this. I have served in two wars and find killing a
    last resort Ban guns and Mexico and South America will make even more money
    slipping the banned guns over ourborders. Some say no but look at the drugs that are brought into the U,S,.
    Common Sense should take over and then analyze what triggered what. Check this
    individuasl home and look at his living pattern and video games he might have
    played. Yes I agree this is a sinceless action but do you want to act the same
    way he did. I pray God looks over each family and helps them through this awful
    action, If we start banning then lets look at computer games amd other such items that contribute to the individuals that have unstable thoughts. Why is it that everytime a crime is committed politicians and other members of our political government want to ban guns.
    Start finding out who sold them the gun and curtail their business practices. I haven't
    seen a gun yet that goes off by itself.

  18. they are getting ONE FINGER right now! it is the most patriotic finger I have.

  19. Outlaw crooked politicians. OOPS! We wouldn't have anyone in Washington if we did that!
    That might be the best thing for us to do.

  20. It is with a heavy heart that I must tell the fascist government that they can kiss my Ass.