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Feinstein Pushes Obama for Firearm Import Ban

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U.S. Senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, is circumventing the Senate (because she knows this would not have a chance of passing) and instead is pushing for President Obama to act unilaterally, through the ATF.

Roundly defeated legislatively and procedurally on the Senate floor a year ago, Feinstein, the U.S. Senate’s leading foe of Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights, is resuming her anti-gun fight against semi-automatic modern sporting rifles using a different tactic.

This time, the California Democrat is asking her fellow U.S. Senators to sign on to a letter to President Obama asking him to direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ban the importation of what she calls “assault weapons” and “military-style rifles” that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”

If that sounds like nonsense, it’s because it is nonsense. Here’s some more of her flawed reasoning:

“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.”

Sen. Feinstein’s intent is clear. Again she is pursuing “banning” firearms because of their characteristics and not focusing her effort on the criminals who misuse firearms. What does she want President Obama, acting through ATF to do? Here’s what (her words):

* “Prohibit importation of all semi-automatic 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 semi-automatic 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.”
That would be a lot of semi-automatic rifles! This effort must be stopped short! Why should law-abiding citizens have their rights curtailed by an anti-gun Senator’s effort to convince other senators to join her jihad?

Call both your Senators today (Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121) and tell them NOT to sign on to this letter!

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  • TheKnight

    Diane Feinstein … the Frankenstein of the Democratic Socialist Party who is totally psychotic about Americans Second Amendment Rights needs to give up her ghost that haunts the corridors of Congress and the Senate as well as the White House … She needs to step down and seek a good psychological program to get mentally competent for society before they put her in a straight jacket .. She reminds me of one of Adolf Hitlers gang women.

    Force her out of office for good by Voting her out of office.

    • steve001968

      Won’t happen. Her constituents are crazier than she is.

  • Charles

    I really like this part. “prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock as a means to avoid classification of a rifle as an assault rifle~”

    I mean really, is a thumbhole stock that scary that you have to go and try banning it???
    Better yet why don’t you let Jan or another qualified person to give you some instruction on firearms before you go banning or trying to ban guns on how they appear rather than just how they function.

    Read more at http://janmorganmedia.com/2014/03/feinstein-pushes-obama-firearm-import-ban/#W1hdIxyogl8t7UjK.99

    • steve001968

      Just be glad it’s not Carolyn McCarthy, she would be calling for a ban of any gun with a “shoulder thing that goes up”.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ospNRk2uM3U

      She dances like a cat on a hot tin roof and still comes off looking like the moron she is.

  • astrojohn

    I see she has her finger on the trigger – so who, besides us, is she gunning for? Oh, I know, the rifle isn’t loaded!

    • maddog2008

      She doesn’t need a firearm, her mouth is much more dangerous to our life’s and our freedoms as we know them. Clean house in the midterms then again in 2016, that is our only hope.

    • Clint

      I’m sure you know this, but we are to treat every gun as a loaded gun. There have been many people shot by an “unloaded” gun.

  • steve001968

    Even if the idiot were to manage to get the most incompetent president in history to do this in an election year, this it’s only going to backfire by spurring more domestic manufacture to fill the vacuum created by additional import bans. There were far more semi-auto rifles capable of accepting high capacity magazines in circulation when the 1994 AWB expired than when it went into effect just like semi-auto “assault rifles” flew off the shelves after Sandy Hook when there was talk of a ban. All the attempts of these idiots to regulate does is speed up proliferation of the very weapons they want to ban.