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Dem Think Tank (CAP) Backs Feinstein Gun Bill

From a joyous Washington Post:

Sweeping new gun laws proposed by influential liberal think tank

By Philip Rucker | January 12, 2013

With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales.

The Center for American Progress is recommending 13 new gun policies to the White House — some of them executive actions that would not require the approval of Congress — in what amounts to the progressive community’s wish list.

And yet some were mocked for saying that the Second Amendment might be endangered by Obama’s executive orders.

CAP’s proposals — which include requiring universal background checks, banning military-grade assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and modernizing data systems to track gun sales and enforce existing laws — are all but certain to face stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association and its many allies in Congress.

You can bet their proposals do not stop there. Especially, since they support Sen. Feinstein’s bill.

Obama — as well as Vice President Biden, who is leading the administration’s gun violence task force — has voiced support for many of these measures. Yet it is unclear which policies he ultimately will propose to Congress. Biden is planning to present his group’s recommendations to Obama on Tuesday.

And you can bet this wish list is going to be Obama’s eventual list of demands.

CAP’s recommendations, presented Friday to White House officials and detailed in an 11-page report obtained by The Washington Post, establish a benchmark for what many in Obama’s liberal base are urging him to do after last month’s massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn…

CAP’s top recommendation is to require criminal background checks for all gun sales, closing loopholes that currently enable an estimated 40 percent of sales to occur without any questions asked.

That means all private sales will require a background check.

The organization also wants to add convicted stalkers and suspected terrorists to the list of those barred from purchasing firearms.

Where is the ACLU?

CAP is urging the Obama administration to back Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to ban assault weapons. The California Democrat wants to prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of military-style assault weapons and ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 bullets.

The group also suggests requiring firearms dealers to report to the federal government individuals who purchase multiple semiautomatic assault rifles within a five-day period. Current law requires reporting multiple purchases of handguns, but not semiautomatic assault rifles.

CAP also wants the administration to free public health research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to study the impact of gun violence on injuries and deaths…

And never mind that none of these listed proposals would have stopped the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut. But that was never the idea.

As for Sen. Feinstein’s proposals, according to the NRA’s Institute For Legal Action:

Stop Feinstein’s Gun Ban

… According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein’s website and a draft of the bill obtained by NRA-ILA, the new ban would, among other things, adopt new definitions of "assault weapon" that would affect a much larger variety of firearms, require current owners of such firearms to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act, and require forfeiture of the firearms upon the deaths of their current owners. Some of the changes in Feinstein’s new bill are as follows:

… Adopts new lists of prohibited external features. For example, whereas the 1994 ban applied to a rifle or shotgun the "pistol grip" of which "protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon," the new bill would drastically expand the definition to include any "grip . . . or any other characteristic that can function as a grip." …
Carries hyperbole further than the 1994 ban. Feinstein’s 1994 ban listed "grenade launcher" as one of the prohibiting features for rifles. Her 2013 bill goes even further into the ridiculous, by also listing "rocket launcher." Such devices are restricted under the National Firearms Act and, obviously, are not standard components of the firearms Feinstein wants to ban. Perhaps a subsequent Feinstein bill will add "nuclear bomb," "particle beam weapon," or something else equally far-fetched to the features list.

Expands the definition of "assault weapon" by including:

–Three very popular rifles: The M1 Carbine (introduced in 1941 and for many years sold by the federal government to individuals involved in marksmanship competition), a model of the Ruger Mini-14, and most or all models of the SKS.

–Any "semiautomatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds," except for tubular-magazine .22s.

–Any "semiautomatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches," any "semiautomatic handgun with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds," and any semi-automatic handgun that has a threaded barrel.
Requires owners of existing "assault weapons" to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 transfer tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines.

Prohibits the transfer of "assault weapons." Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under Feinstein’s new bill, "assault weapons" would remain with their current owners until their deaths, at which point they would be forfeited to the government.

Prohibits the domestic manufacture and the importation of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The 1994 ban allowed the importation of such magazines that were manufactured before the ban took effect. Whereas the 1994 ban protected gun owners from errant prosecution by making the government prove when a magazine was made, the new ban includes no such protection. The new ban also requires firearm dealers to certify the date of manufacture of any >10-round magazine sold, a virtually impossible task, given that virtually no magazines are stamped with their date of manufacture.
Targets handguns in defiance of the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects the right to have handguns for self-defense, in large part on the basis of the fact handguns are the type of firearm "overwhelmingly chosen by American society for that lawful purpose." Semi-automatic pistols, which are the most popular handguns today, are designed to use detachable magazines, and the magazines "overwhelmingly chosen" by Americans for self-defense are those that hold more than 10 rounds…

Sen. Feinstein advocated banning handguns before being elected to the Senate, though she carried a handgun for her own personal protection…

Are we going to start pointing out hypocrisy of Democrats?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dem Think Tank (CAP) Backs Feinstein Gun Bill”

  1. electraglide

    Last week in New York’s Chinatown a man was charged with starting a five alarm fire that destroyed an apartment building after a dispute with his child’s mother. The blaze killed one resident and left dozens homeless.

    Why weren’t matches blamed?

  2. yadayada

    “some of them executive actions that would not require the approval of Congress”

    I wonder- can states pass laws that negate “executive actions”?

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    “Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 transfer tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines. “

    “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    That means that all this crapola you want to impose on the law-abiding people INFRINGES upon the ability of same to keep and bear arms.

    Taxing it is an infringement
    Needing permission to move it across state lines is an infringement
    Needing fingerprints and photos is an infringement

    It is also treating the law-abiding like criminals, without charge, without justification and with extreme prejudice.

    Shall NOT be infringed.

    Hey you left-wing snob-twits—

    What part of the English language do you not get?

    Is it the NOT part? Oh, you don’t like that part because guns are ikky? Awwwwww

    Look—-below this post. I drew a picture of how much I care.

    Like it?

  4. DW

    … Adopts new lists of prohibited external features. For example, whereas the 1994 ban applied to a rifle or shotgun the “pistol grip” of which “protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon,” the new bill would drastically expand the definition to include any “grip . . . or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” …

    This is pretty bloody vague.
    Will they be publishing actual, specific lists of precisely what is legal/not legal or will they leave it up to the discretion/political leanings/mood of the ATFE guy/cop/whomever?




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