Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced in December, just three days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, that she’d be introducing in January a bill “to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices” (or is it devises?).Tomorrow will be the day, as she and co-sponsor Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced tonight.

Not surprisingly, opinion was split.

The senators launched their effort with the #AWB2013 hashtag, but many saw the bill as only Assault Weapons Ban 2.0. Feinstein says the 2013 bill will strengthen the 1994 law in several ways:

  • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
  • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
  • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans

  • Lord Foggybottom

    And weapons against the people do not belong in our government, so you should resign. And don’t let the Constitution hit you in the ass on the way out!

  • Jack Deth

    This from a woman whose political career she owes to a gay activist and murderer and his “Twinkie Defense”.

    The arrogant irony and ass backward path of Sen. Feinstein’s bill is so palpable it nearly bleeds.

    • NRPax

      Don’t forget that this is a woman with a CCW permit in California where it’s borderline illegal to say the word gun, let alone own one.

      • $35072932

        Flashback on Dianne Feinstein:

        Dianne Feinstein: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]… Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in.”

        Diane Feinstein on Gun Control “Turn ‘Em All In!”

  • Stupid Republic

    Number of lives these laws would have saved in Aurora, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Oak Creek, et al?


    • NRPax

      But the gun grabbers would feel better so that’s all that matters to them.

  • b_truit

    U.S sending Egypt F-16 jets.. They will now have more than Israel.
    pResident who clearly favors our enemies, who is trying to push us deeper into debt.
    China told the administration they want U.S to ban weapons… They are trying.
    Side stepping our Constitution..the thing he swore to protect.
    Running weapons Into Mexico… but we aren’t allowed to have them..
    U.N having armored vehicles stationed across U.S… What for?

    I fear Reagan’s speech about taking the last step in 1000 years of darkness is right in front of us.

    If there must be a war, let it begin here.
    Molon Labe

    • Sonya A. Willis

      How else could China send in their army to invade if average citizens are armed?

    • SpinMeNot

      Don’t forget the 200 M-1 Abrams that are part of the deal. Why are we giving them M-1s when they are licensed to build them. Let’s recap a few things …

      President Morsi — former grand kleagle of the Muslim Brotherhood

      Egyptian Parliment — Day 1 under control the Muslim Brotherhood, declares Israel to be the number 1 ichiban enemy of Egypt.
      A constitution that is now heavily biased to Sharia Law.
      BHO’s first public appearance as POTUS was in Egypt.

      Draw your own conclusions.

  • CR

    Can we just vote California out of the union now please? That would solve SO many problems. Bus all the liberals from all the rest of the states there, build a giant wall or something and let them create their liberal utopia. Or, better yet, let them all become part of Mexico since they are headed that way anyway. Of course, then Obama would WANT to give them guns (at least to the drug lords), so Feinstein still wouldn’t succeed in her efforts.

    • JP

      I feel bad for states like Texas, where all the morons from California seem to be migrating. They are going to try and push the same agenda down the throats of Texans that failed and bankrupted their home state. It will take a few generations, but it will happen.

  • Maxwell

    The irony? These people probably don’t really know what an assault weapon is.

    • lbeacham

      The tragedy? They don’t care. It’s all about them. Self adulation and power.

    • catb55

      And support ABORTION .. what has killed more innocents? Blood thirsty commies .. okay to kill babies but not to defend yourself .. insanity.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Dianne Feinstein KILLS CHILDREN with AWB2013

  • SpinMeNot

    Last time I looked, the only weapons of war that are on our streets are controlled by the government. The exception is the occasional class 3 FFL holder that isn’t a gun store owner that has surrendered their right to privacy to own an automatic weapon.

    If the kleptocrats actually knew what they were talking about, I’d be only slight less concerned than I am today.

  • Bill Turner

    George Washington wrote, the people should have at least the same arms as their government to remain free
    I say, if we did this bill would never see the light of day.

  • waltermitty2012

    If we’re going to ban “weapons of war” on our streets, the ban must include the Beretta 9 mm and the M1911 .45 calibre pistols. Both are of which are used by our armed forces and armies around the world.

    The problem with liberals is that most have a head space and timing problem, if you know what I mean. 😉

    • TugboatPhil

      Very accurate description!

    • SpinMeNot

      We couldn’t be so lucky as them having a headspace problem — that usually results in a burst chamber … but *hat-tip*, brilliant.

      • waltermitty2012

        I always liked that expression, it has a double meaning that seemed too apt to pass up.

    • TheKingJAK

      A family member of mine owns a government issued .45-70 Carbine, a literal weapon of war. Let’s ban trapdoors then, as well!!! I mean, shoot, I have a musket from 1842, another weapon of war! Same with the Officer’s sabre, ZOMG, the insanity!!!

  • Adam Hughes

    I was going to go hunting today when I got home work. I got all my things together and set my gun by the door. I decided to eat me a quick sandwich before I left and ended up watching tv and taking a nap. Woke up and the strangest thing happened. My gun didn’t go out and hurt anyone while I was asleep…..

    • TugboatPhil

      Adam, You’d better check with police and hospitals just to make sure. Those rifles are sneaky like SUVs and will use any opportunity to commit mayhem when possible!

      • Adam Hughes

        TugboatPhil, it’s true…gun didn’t hurt anyone. I find it hard to believe with how wild I let run free. That pesky gun needs more control!

    • SpinMeNot

      Your gun is defective, call the manufacturer and send it back — using a firearm with such a serious manufacturing defect is not a good idea. .

      *hat-tip to Ted Nugent*

      • Adam Hughes

        I’ll give Ruger a call today and see if they can take care of that. It probably is a safety hazard

  • $35072932

    Face facts: there is NO Difference between an Arm as in the “right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” AND Arbitrarily defined ‘Assault Weapons’.

    This is just a slimy maneuver by the Oppressive-Democrats to simply ban ALL Guns – while pretending to ‘respect’ the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

  • $35072932

    Why Young Women Want AR-15s
    The AR-15 is lightweight and practical. As light as five pounds, it produces low levels of recoil, and it’s easy to shoot. It also looks intimidating, which is what you want when facing an assailant or intruder. But don’t let its appearance intimidate you. Assault rifles such as the AR-15 aren’t more “dangerous,” as liberals claim. They don’t fire faster than other rifles, and don’t normally contain more powerful ammunition.

    Accuracy? Check. Ease in handling? Check. Intimidation factor? Check. An AR-15 might be a woman’s best friend.

    Criminals with the intent to harm or kill will always find ways to do so. If they want to kill with an assault rifle or using high-capacity magazines, they will also find a way to do so, regardless of the law. As young, responsible women, we want the ability to defend ourselves against these criminals, and we should be able to do so with weapons of equal or greater power.

    Violence is always going to exist. As women, we should possess the right to best defend ourselves against it, whether with a handgun or our much preferred AR-15.

  • Diogenes71

    Adam Lanza, a registered democrat, kills people and the loony left, led by a person with a concealed carry permit, goes after law-abiding citizens. Now it comes out that the killer in Newtown, CT used four handguns. He left his rifle in his car. Never let a crisis go to waste. Why doesn’t Feinstein go after the gang bangers in Chicago? Why doesn’t the press present articles on the forty people killed each month in Chicagoland, ruled by a gun-grabber?.

  • Jim Denney

    DiFi … still stuck on stupid.

  • emjem24

    When will this madness end? When will politicians understand the difference between the actions of a madman/psychopath and the actions of law-abiding citizens? It’s trully astounding how deceitful, manipulative asshats like Feinstein can ban guns she deems “assault weapons” when they are really semi-automatic. Leftists not only overreach after every mass shooting, they target the wrong thing. Not only does their pathological need to control other’s people’s lives guide them but so does their inherent fear of guns. So many leftists have no understanding of guns because they’ve had little interaction with them.

  • ceemack

    This addle-brained, hypocritical old battleaxe does NOT represent me, nor the millions of other California residents who have been voting with their pocketbooks to buy up all the weapons and ammo they can.

  • HARP2

    Introduce anything you want old hag. It isn`t going anywhere.

  • 277Volt

    I wonder if she has any idea what an armed insurrection is. If she and her cohorts manage to push that bullcrap through they’ll find out pretty quick. If her decrepit old self feels so strongly about it maybe she should be the first to go door to door grabbing people’s guns.

  • celador2

    She is drawing a lot of focus to the issue and while she ill not get any votes form Ds in pro gun states on gun bans, the package may make inroads into privacy and intrude on our personal info when Feds enter it into a database. Federal backkground checks are tools of tyrants and these seem to be supported by the public in a Gallup poll. Allowing any law enforcement to fish is dangerous. What a police state we live in and so much of this state of affairs has backing of many residents. Sn ManchinD-WV supports these background checks universal.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    “Weapons of war?” I wasn’t aware the streets were filled with howitzers and jet fighters.

  • Txgirlinnh

    I agree it’s a slippery slope and they don’t have any right to try and define what “arms” are ok for Amercans to own. It will start with a handful of so called assualt weapons being banned but it won’t stop there. I have no doubt they would rather have Americans defend themselves with harsh words, threatening looks, and only in the case of extreme danger may we break out our slingshots(but only if they can sling one rock at a time and you cannot carry more than 7 rocks in your pocket at any time)
    Btw loved your post on women and AR-15s, kind if made me want to go get one :)

    • Txgirlinnh

      Meant to reply to Torcer below

  • Stephen L. Hall

    They are more than just philosophical twins!

    • KA Mika

      Like + 1000.

  • lainer51

    Feinstein in 1995 on her concealed carry permit: ‘I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did’ – Now She Is Leading The Charge To Restrict Your Right To Own Guns
    Frankenstein strikes again!

  • lillymckim

    Sen. Diane Feinstein they are
    “defense weapons”.
    & We The People will win if you choose to abolish our United States 2nd Amendment.

    We The People have the Constitution on our side, and its not up for interpretation!

  • itzyaboi95

    A face to match the gun grab agenda.

  • Guest

    Democrat Senators from marginal states, considering supporting the woman,
    know they face a real probability of being removed in the 2014 mid-terms.
    The Republican majority in the House is unlikely to dally with the Progressive agenda.

  • $15420730

    Why don’t liberals ever have to present evidence of effectiveness before proposing to infringe on inalienable rights?

  • Lin Jarvis

    #AWB2013 Ban Gun Free Zones

  • Lin Jarvis

    #AWB2013 Thank goodness my gun is a defense weapon.

  • Lin Jarvis

    #AWB2013 Ban Abortion Clinics

  • AZWarrior

    May a giant asteroid fall on her and her evil supporters. Then we can talk about banning assult asteroids.