Democrats and Republicans introduced dueling gun proposals this week in the Senate. Gun hating Dianne Feinstein is taking aim on a new gun-ban proposal, which would basically make all ‘assault’ rifles extinct, while John Cornyn has his sights on expanding gun-carry protections across the nation.
Feinstein’s bill, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, would ban the sale, manufacture, transfer, and importation of certain semiautomatic firearms, and the list of weapons she wants to see removed from existence is lengthy.
Feinstein’s office admitted the measure would ban any firearm capable of accepting a detachable magazine and either a “pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.”
Firearms fitting the description would become illegal to sell if the bill was passed, but there’s a small provision that does grandfather in existing weapons, but they would be subject to heightened regulations.
The transfer of so-called high capacity magazines would also be banned, but the senator’s office didn’t specify what would constitute a “high capacity,” which means it could be anything.
“Last year we saw tens of thousands of students nationwide take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities,” Feinstein said in a statement.
The bill will include a ban on “assault pistols that weigh 50 or more ounces when unloaded,” a ban on pistol stabilizing braces, and prohibition on “Thordsen-type grips and stocks that are designed to evade a ban on assault weapons.”
Of course, the list of weapons and accessories democrats want outlawed is extensive, check it out:
“(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept
a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:
“(i) A pistol grip.
“(ii) A forward grip.
“(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable
“(iv) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher.
“(v) A barrel shroud.
“(vi) A threaded barrel.
“(B) A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed magazine with
the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an
attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of
operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
“(C) Any part, combination of parts, component, device,
attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to
accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not
convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.
“(D) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to
accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:
“(i) A threaded barrel.
“(ii) A second pistol grip.
“(iii) A barrel shroud.
“(iv) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine
at some location outside of the pistol grip.
“(v) A semiautomatic version of an automatic
“(E) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has
the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
“(F) A semiautomatic shotgun that has any 1 of the
“(i) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.
“(ii) A pistol grip.
“(iii) A fixed magazine with the capacity to
accept more than 5 rounds.
“(iv) The ability to accept a detachable magazine.
“(v) A forward grip.
“(vi) A grenade launcher or rocket launcher.
“(G) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
“(H) All of the following rifles, copies, duplicates,
variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such
“(i) All AK types, including the following:
“(I) AK, AK47, AK47S, AK-74, AKM, AKS,
ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms
LAR-47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK-47, VEPR,
WASR-10, and WUM.
“(II) IZHMASH Saiga AK.
“(III) MAADI AK47 and ARM.
“(IV) Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S.
“(V) Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS.
“(ii) All AR types, including the following:
“(III) Alexander Arms Overmatch Plus 16.
“(IV) Armalite M15 22LR Carbine.
“(V) Armalite M15-T.
“(VI) Barrett REC7.
“(VII) Beretta AR-70.
“(VIII) Black Rain Ordnance Recon Scout.
“(IX) Bushmaster ACR.
“(X) Bushmaster Carbon 15.
“(XI) Bushmaster MOE series.
“(XII) Bushmaster XM15.
“(XIII) Chiappa Firearms MFour rifles.
“(XIV) Colt Match Target rifles.
“(XV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 rifles.
“(XVI) Daniel Defense M4A1 rifles.
“(XVII) Devil Dog Arms 15 Series rifles.
“(XVIII) Diamondback DB15 rifles.
“(XIX) DoubleStar AR rifles.
“(XX) DPMS Tactical rifles.
“(XXI) DSA Inc. ZM-4 Carbine.
“(XXII) Heckler & Koch MR556.
“(XXIII) High Standard HSA-15 rifles.
“(XXIV) Jesse James Nomad AR-15 rifle.
“(XXV) Knight’s Armament SR-15
“(XXVI) Lancer L15 rifles.
“(XXVII) MGI Hydra Series rifles.
“(XXVIII) Mossberg MMR Tactical rifles.
“(XXIX) Noreen Firearms BN 36 rifle.
“(XXX) Olympic Arms.
“(XXXI) POF USA P415.
“(XXXII) Precision Firearms AR rifles.
“(XXXIII) Remington R-15 rifles.
“(XXXIV) Rhino Arms AR rifles.
“(XXXV) Rock River Arms LAR-15.
“(XXXVI) Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles and MCX
“(XXXVII) SKS with a detachable magazine.
“(XXXVIII) Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifles.
“(XXXIX) Stag Arms AR rifles.
“(XL) Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 and AR-556
“(XLI) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M-4 rifles.
“(XLII) Windham Weaponry AR rifles.
“(XLIII) WMD Guns Big Beast.
“(XLIV) Yankee Hill Machine Company, Inc.
“(iii) Barrett M107A1.
“(iv) Barrett M82A1.
“(v) Beretta CX4 Storm.
“(vi) Calico Liberty Series.
“(vii) CETME Sporter.
“(viii) Daewoo K-1, K-2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and
“(ix) Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22
FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000.
“(x) Feather Industries AT-9.
“(xi) Galil Model AR and Model ARM.
“(xii) Hi-Point Carbine.
“(xiii) HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, HK-PSG-1, and HK USC.
“(xiv) IWI TAVOR, Galil ACE rifle.
“(xv) Kel-Tec Sub-2000, SU-16, and RFB.
“(xvi) SIG AMT, SIG PE-57, Sig Sauer SG 550, Sig
Sauer SG 551, and SIG MCX.
“(xvii) Springfield Armory SAR-48.
“(xviii) Steyr AUG.
“(xix) Sturm, Ruger & Co. Mini-14 Tactical Rifle
“(xx) All Thompson rifles, including the
“(I) Thompson M1SB.
“(II) Thompson T1100D.
“(III) Thompson T150D.
“(IV) Thompson T1B.
“(V) Thompson T1B100D.
“(VI) Thompson T1B50D.
“(VII) Thompson T1BSB.
“(VIII) Thompson T1-C.
“(IX) Thompson T1D.
“(X) Thompson T1SB.
“(XI) Thompson T5.
“(XII) Thompson T5100D.
“(XIII) Thompson TM1.
“(XIV) Thompson TM1C.
“(xxi) UMAREX UZI rifle.
“(xxii) UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and
UZI Model B Carbine.
“(xxiii) Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78.
“(xxiv) Vector Arms UZI Type.
“(xxv) Weaver Arms Nighthawk.
“(xxvi) Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.
“(I) All of the following pistols, copies, duplicates,
variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such
“(i) All AK-47 types, including the following:
“(I) Centurion 39 AK pistol.
“(II) CZ Scorpion pistol.
“(III) Draco AK-47 pistol.
“(IV) HCR AK-47 pistol.
“(V) IO Inc. Hellpup AK-47 pistol.
“(VI) Krinkov pistol.
“(VII) Mini Draco AK-47 pistol.
“(VIII) PAP M92 pistol.
“(IX) Yugo Krebs Krink pistol.
“(ii) All AR-15 types, including the following:
“(I) American Spirit AR-15 pistol.
“(II) Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol.
“(III) Chiappa Firearms M4 Pistol GEN II.
“(IV) CORE Rifle Systems CORE15 Roscoe
“(V) Daniel Defense MK18 pistol.
“(VI) DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol.
“(VII) DPMS AR-15 pistol.
“(VIII) Jesse James Nomad AR-15 pistol.
“(IX) Olympic Arms AR-15 pistol.
“(X) Osprey Armament MK-18 pistol.
“(XI) POF USA AR pistols.
“(XII) Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol.
“(XIII) Uselton Arms Air-Lite M-4 pistol.
“(iii) Calico Liberty pistols.
“(iv) DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol.
“(v) Encom MP-9 and MP-45.
“(vi) Heckler & Koch model SP-89 pistol.
“(vii) Intratec AB-10, TEC-22 Scorpion, TEC-9, and
“(viii) IWI Galil Ace pistol, UZI PRO pistol.
“(ix) Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol.
“(x) The following MAC types:
“(III) Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini
Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and
MPA Mini Tactical Pistol.
“(IV) Military Armament Corp. Ingram M-11.
“(V) Velocity Arms VMAC.
“(xi) Sig Sauer P556 pistol.
“(xii) Sites Spectre.
“(xiii) All Thompson types, including the
“(I) Thompson TA510D.
“(II) Thompson TA5.
“(xiv) All UZI types, including Micro-UZI.
“(J) All of the following shotguns, copies, duplicates,
variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such
“(i) DERYA Anakon MC-1980, Anakon SD12.
“(ii) Doruk Lethal shotguns.
“(iii) Franchi LAW-12 and SPAS 12.
“(iv) All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the
“(I) IZHMASH Saiga 12.
“(II) IZHMASH Saiga 12S.
“(III) IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP-01.
“(IV) IZHMASH Saiga 12K.
“(V) IZHMASH Saiga 12K-030.
“(VI) IZHMASH Saiga 12K-040 Taktika.
“(vi) Striker 12.
“(K) All belt-fed semiautomatic firearms, including TNW
M2HB and FN M2495.
“(L) Any combination of parts from which a firearm
described in subparagraphs (A) through (K) can be assembled.
“(M) The frame or receiver of a rifle or shotgun described
in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), (F), (G), (H), (J), or (K).
“(37) The term `large capacity ammunition feeding device’–
“(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar
device, including any such device joined or coupled with
another in any manner, that has an overall capacity of, or that
can be readily restored, changed, or converted to accept, more
than 10 rounds of ammunition; and
“(B) does not include an attached tubular device designed
to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber
(b) Related Definitions.–Section 921(a) of title 18, United States
Code, as amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the
“(38) The term `barrel shroud’–
“(A) means a shroud that is attached to, or partially or
completely encircles, the barrel of a firearm so that the
shroud protects the user of the firearm from heat generated by
the barrel; and
“(B) does not include–
“(i) a slide that partially or completely encloses
the barrel; or
“(ii) an extension of the stock along the bottom
of the barrel which does not encircle or substantially
encircle the barrel.
“(39) The term `detachable magazine’ means an ammunition feeding
device that can be removed from a firearm without disassembly of the
“(40) The term `fixed magazine’ means an ammunition feeding device
that is permanently fixed to the firearm in such a manner that it
cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm.
“(41) The term `folding, telescoping, or detachable stock’ means a
stock that folds, telescopes, detaches or otherwise operates to reduce
the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the
concealability, of a firearm.
“(42) The term `forward grip’ means a grip located forward of the
trigger that functions as a pistol grip.
“(43) The term `rocket’ means any simple or complex tubelike
device containing combustibles that on being ignited liberate gases
whose action propels the tube through the air and has a propellant
charge of not more than 4 ounces.
“(44) The term `grenade launcher or rocket launcher’ means an
attachment for use on a firearm that is designed to propel a grenade,
rocket, or other similar destructive device.
“(45) The term `permanently inoperable’ means a firearm which is
incapable of discharging a shot by means of an explosive and incapable
of being readily restored to a firing condition.
“(46) The term `pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumbhole stock, or
any other characteristic that can function as a grip.
“(47) The term `threaded barrel’ means a feature or characteristic
that is designed in such a manner to allow for the attachment of a
device such as a firearm silencer or a flash suppressor.
“(48) The term `qualified law enforcement officer’ has the meaning
given the term in section 926B.
“(49) The term `grandfathered semiautomatic assault weapon’ means
any semiautomatic assault weapon the importation, possession, sale, or
transfer of which would be unlawful under section 922(v) but for the
exception under paragraph (2) of such section.
“(50) The term `belt-fed semiautomatic firearm’ means any
repeating firearm that–
“(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing
cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the
“(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each
“(C) has the capacity to accept a belt ammunition feeding
Cornyn’s measure, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would finally require states to honor each other’s gun-carry permits.
The reciprocity measure would make it safer for travelers, as long as they adhered to the other state’s local carry laws.
“This bill focuses on two of our country’s most fundamental constitutional protections—the Second Amendment’s right of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Tenth Amendment’s right of states to make laws best-suited for their residents,” Cornyn said in a statement.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation for law-abiding gun owners nationwide,” he added.
The National Rifle Association is working to support Cornyn’s bill and fight Feinstein.s’
“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious gun owner to unknowingly run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
“Sen. Cornyn’s legislation provides a much-needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines.”