At a press conference this morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a gun control bill that would improve on her 1994 law, which expired in 2004, reports Mediaite.com (video below).
Sen. Feinstein's new bill does not call for gun confiscation, which has been falsely claimed by gun groups such as the NRA and right wing websites like DrudgeReport.com.
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Sen. Feinstein said: "We will prohibit 158 specifically named military-style firearms… our bill also prohibits other semi-automatic rifles, hand guns and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine, and have one military characteristic."
“The bill prevents and prohibits such specific loopholes as the slide iron stock… thumb hole stocks and bullet buttons. These are all modifications that make it easy for manufacturers to evade the law. The bill prohibits semi-automatic rifles and hand guns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than ten rounds. A ban on importation of assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Elimination of the ten-year sunset.”
Sen. Feinstein added: “It will not affect hunting or sporting firearms. Instead, the bill protects hunters and sportsmen by protecting 2,200 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes."
“Finally, the bill subjects existing or grandfathered weapons to a background check in the event the weapon is sold or transferred, so we have tried to learn from the bill. We have tried to recognize legal hunting rights. We have tried to recognize legal defense rights. We have tried to recognize the right of a citizen to legally possess a weapon. no weapon is taken from anyone. the purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time.”