Dianne's Back

March 21st, 2014

Senator Feinstein just won't let go. She tried to play the Newtown tragedy for all it was worth, but Harry Reid wouldn't let her new version of the Assault Weapons Ban reach the floor. Despite her constant pleas that President Obama make gun control a leading issue in 2014, he seems reluctant to discuss the issue.

Now she's trying to convince the President to expand the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3) (also known as the "sporting purposes" clause) to ban the import of all "military-style" firearms.

She singles out the Romanian WASR-10 (a cheap AKM clone) for …

Twenty Years with the Brady Act

November 30th, 2013

Yep, it was 1993. Sarah Brady is making a big deal of the anniversary. Dianne Feinstein has an op-ed running today in which she takes credit for everything short of rescuing puppies from a burning orphanage. It's a shame it's full of half-truths and outright lies.

Let's take them one by one.

Background checks on gun purchases work. The law has stopped more than 2 million convicted felons, domestic abusers and individuals with serious mental illnesses from purchasing firearms.

A cursory review of the data shows that one has to do real violence to the numbers to even imply such a thing. The rate of erroneous denials is 94%. Furthermore, the few that might have merit are almost never referred for prosecution. Either the Brady Act is hopelessly broken in its implementation, or someone is lying.

Feinstein's Last Hurrah

March 19th, 2013

Negotiations are still underway in the Senate for a unified package of gun-control bills to be introduced next month. One conspicuous piece of legislation that will not be part of it is S. 150, Dianne Feinstein's revised Assault Weapons Ban.

Majority Leader Harry Reid excised S. 150 in a meeting on Monday. His rationale was,

Right now her amendment, by the most optimistic measures, has less than 40 votes. I am not going to put something on the floor that can’t succeed.

Does that mean it's dead? No. Feinstein can still reintroduce it as an amendment to another bill. …

Feinstein's Charity

January 25th, 2013

Govtrack and Thomas haven't posted it yet, but the full text of Dianne Feinstein's proposed Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 is posted here. It appears to be numbered S. 150.

The list of prohibited weapons is pretty much what we saw on Thursday, and the list of weapons she deigns to let us keep begins on page 23. We would be granted the privilege to keep historic "assault" rifles like Garands and M1 carbines so long as they don't have folding stocks or extended magazines. Beyond that, it's more or less deer rifles and turkey guns. On her reasoning …

Now the Bad News

January 24th, 2013

Senator Feinstein proposed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 today. There was a big ceremony in which she had a clergyperson speak, and she trotted around with guns that are illegal to possess in the District. I bet there was cake and everything.

Though we haven't seen the actual bill yet, we've seen the list, and it's bad. For Pete's sake, she wants to ban the Linda Carbine. Outside of Hawaii Five-0 (the one with Jack Lord's magnificent hair, not the new one), I think I might be one of six people in the western …

Feinstein's Boondoggle

December 28th, 2012

So, here's the draft for Dianne Feinstein's new gun control bill.

We're looking at a ban on 120 specific weapons, as well as a ban of "certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics." I'm guessing STANAG 2324 rails will be one of those "military characteristics," which will pretty much cover most modern handguns. She also made sure to add thumbhole stocks to the list of banned features (I can't say I'll particularly miss those).

The interesting part is the clause for grandfathering. Under her bill, I'd be able …

And Here We Go

December 26th, 2012

It's one day after Christmas, and we're off to the races. Carolyn McCarthy is pushing to get her high-capacity magazine ban out of committee, where it's been wallowing in obscurity since January of 2011. Bobby Rush is trying to revive the Blair Holt gun registration bill, as he's done every year since 2000.

I don't give either bill good odds of progressing, but if you've got a Representative on the Judiciary Committee, it's worth dropping them an email. If yours is a Democrat, it's even more important, since most …