So apparently Californian Democrat Dianne Feinstein is once again pushing her decidedly anti-gun agenda, capitalizing on the overseas crisis in the Ukraine to gain additional notoriety. It’s no secret that Feinstein is herself anti-gun, a position that vaulted her public enemy No. 1 in regards to the gun community when she proposed her Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. But her continued efforts demonstrate how lawmakers in places like CA, MD, NY, NJ, and elsewhere are willing to mix geopolitics with their anti-gun agenda so “that no good crisis goes to waste”.
On March 21st, a signed letter by Feinstein was circulated among those on Capital Hill wherein she called for a ban on imported weapons that are “modeled closely after military firearms” defining four points of action the President should unilaterally take;
Prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds, regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm’s magazine well;
- Prohibit semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds;
- Prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle, regardless of whether it is incorporated into a fully manufactured firearm;
- Prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts and then constructing the rifles once they are in the United States by adding the requisite number of American-made parts;
- Prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock as a means to avoid classification of a rifle as an assault rifle; and
- Prohibit the importation of assault pistols, in addition to assault rifles.
Feinstein elaborates her call for action by maintaining,
In 1998, the Department of the Treasury — which then housed ATF — issued guidance that interpreted the import ban to prohibit only semi-automatic rifles that use magazines originally designed for a military rifle. Many semi-automatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms. These military-style firearms are not prohibited under the current import ban, even though they are functionally equivalent to prohibited rifles with a military origin. In addition, the Treasury Department’s 1998 guidance allows foreign-made firearms to be imported into the United States without military features, even though these firearms have the capacity to fire multiple times in quick succession without the need to reload and can easily have military features attached.
She finalizes her open letter by stating,
During your State of the Union address, you stated that you want to make 2014 a ‘year of action.’ We write to urge you to take immediate action to address the significant number of assault weapons that are being imported into the United States in contravention of federal law. “We urge you to review enforcement of the sporting purposes test and take the necessary regulatory steps to stop the importation of all military-style, non-sporting firearms, and the assembly of those firearms from imported parts,” Feinstein said. “We have endured too many funerals and mourned the loss of too many innocent lives to accept less than full enforcement of the import ban.
Legitimately Feinstein is just like any other Progressive politician, exploiting a crisis for political gain. This time the ire of her anti-gun posture is imported weapons; specifically those like the AK-47 and WASR-10 manufactured from Russia after that country invaded Crimea in a non-violent occupation. That geopolitical development brought US-Russia relations directly under scrutiny, and with all the rumored trade restrictions between the US and Russia whispers of ammo shortages and weapon embargos are beginning to crop up. Not to be outdone, and following the defeat of her 2013 assault weapons ban attempt, Feinstein feels that the President should unilaterally apply the very same 2013 regulations Congress voted down, against weapons exported by Russia into the US simply because of their “appearance” is similar to that of military-style weapons. Feinstein also revised the 10-round capacity debate insisting that such imported weapons with a large-capacity magazine are strictly the realms of the military and not meant for civilian needs.
It is unlikely her proposal will garner any real movement on the part of the President or those on the Hill amid the 2014 election cycle, but the letter itself demonstrates that much of the anti-gun zeal still remains potent in many areas of America. Worse, if they were to be successful at forcing these restrictions to imported weapons, how long until they attempt to mandate such regulations nation-wide citing the trade embargo’s success in “preventing assault weapon deaths”? Many wolves appear on both sides of the 2nd Amendment debate, and they are very much willing to make any efforts necessary to sway unaware sheep – even if its to capitalize on a geopolitical development and force changes in gun control here in America. As always, I urge people to stay informed to the facts of the issue and get out to vote for who they want representing their Constitutional rights and the future of this nation.
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