In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, more Americans than ever have expressed support for stricter gun control laws. Elected officials, Democrat and Republican alike, have echoed public sentiment and gone on record favoring tougher gun control. Senator Diane Feinstein has taken the lead on this issue and announced she will introduce updated gun control legislation when Congress reconvenes this month. Key provisions in the proposed Feinstein bill include:
• Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of more than 100 specifically-named firearms as well as certain semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
• Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
• Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
- grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
- exempting more than 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting and sporting purposes; and
- exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
Proponents of the Feinstein legislation indicate it would provide a far more effective ban on military-style assault weapons than the loophole-riddled laws of the past and would reduce the prevalence of multiple-victim homicides our nation has had to endure for too long. Opponents say this bill is an example of feel-good quick fix legislation that violates gun owners’ rights and would do nothing to prevent mass homicides or reduce the murder rate.
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