The Folly of Sen. Feinstein’s ‘weapons of War’ Ban

By Larry Keane

Anti-gunners hate the idea that Americans own modern sport rifles like this LaRue Tactical. IMG Jim Grant

USA – (AmmoLand.com) – The US Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on gun control. The need for background checks on arms sales, closing so-called “loopholes” and removing “weapons of war” from the streets will rage. Before throwing the inflated labels around, it is important to know the facts.

All retail gun sales already require background checks, be it at a brick and mortar store, at a gun exhibit, or online. Each one requires a personal transaction that involves completing background check forms and submitting information to the FBI’s NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System). There is no such thing as a “Charleston Loophole”. If a background check is delayed, the FBI has three business days to get more information before a retailer can “transfer” the gun. They are not obliged to do so, and many are not.

The rhetoric of “weapons of war” also needs to be corrected. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Will surely speak about her bill to ban the most popular center fire rifle in America – the modern sporting rifle (MSR) or those AR-15 style rifles. She uses a decade-old piece to confuse the American public about what the rifle really is – a semi-automatic firearm that uses the same technology that was first introduced in the late 19th century and has been commercially available since the early 20th century. Your betting looks can be deceiving.

Senator Feinstein claims that “domestic terrorism” was the impetus for her latest proposal, the Prohibition of offensive weapons. What she really wants to do is ban the sale of rifles in common ownership with over 20 million Circulating, legally owned by millions of Americans for a variety of reasons, including self-defense, hunting, and recreational and competitive shooting.

The facts may not matter, but Senator Feinstein should understand who is leaving the gun stores and why after a background check and purchase of MSRs.

MSRs not “weapons of war”

Sen. Feinstein suggestion bans more than 200 types of MSRs, such as AR-15. AR stands for the original manufacturer ArmaLite, not for “assault rifle” as it is often and intentionally repeated. No matter how many times gun control proponents repeat this, MSRs are not what they claim. They use war terminology to scare and mislead, to enforce more gun control.

The truth is that MSRs are semi-automatic rifles that use the same one-trigger-pull and one-fire mechanics as semi-automatic handguns and shotguns. This weapon technology is over a century old. MSRs seem similar to the military versions like M-16, but that’s it. They are not automatic. You’re not supernatural and not a sucker in America. The FBI Uniform crime reports Show consistently that more murders are committed with knives, fists and clubs than with all kinds of rifles – not just with the MSR. The truth is that Americans who own these rifles are mostly law-abiding and responsible.

Who buys?

Senator Feinstein also ignores Americans who oppose gun control and take ownership of their gun rights. More than 21 million Background checks on arms sales were completed in 2020, including for more than 8.4 million first-time buyers. This includes a high percentage of women and minorities. African Americans were up 58 percent, more than in 2019. Hispanic American purchases were up 49 percent and Asian-American purchases were up 42 percent. Dealer data showed that MSRs were among the most popular Decisions. Although California is almost one of the strictest gun control states 1.2 million The Californians registered one firearm purchase, most since 2016. A third of these were rifles.

Megan Hill, 26, from Utah explained why she chose an MSR. “We looked at the AR-15 and all in one package. You can aim with it, protect yourself with it, hunt with it. Fortunately, we didn’t have to use it for self-defense, but it is comforting to know that it is there to protect my children and family, ”she said explained.

Californians, too, are becoming increasingly frustrated that gun control efforts like Sen. Feinstein’s proposed ban target law-abiding gun owners but do nothing against criminals. Scott Kane explained his frustration with 10-day waits and California bans earlier this year.

“It cost me, a law-abiding citizen who barely brought an unpaid parking ticket in my name, over a month,” said Kane told Washington Free Beacon. “In the meantime, Joe Bad Guy has likely bought several fully automatic AK-47s from the rear of an El Camino in a shady part of town with no background checking.”

Record of the error

MSR owners know the folly. Senator Feinstein’s ban will not reduce crime or violence. It’s just a means of curtailing the rights of law-abiding Americans. She should understand. She penned the failed assault weapon ban from 1994, which expired in 2004. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admitted The ban has not reduced crime. NSSF data only shows the Opposite: With increasing MSR participation, the number of violent crimes has decreased.

The landmark US Supreme Court from 2008 District of Columbia versus Heller The decision of the second amendment protects an individual’s right to own a firearm. Millions of Americans agree to this right and consider it sacred. This also includes firearms such as MSRs. Sen. Feinstein and her colleagues in Congress seem to have a bigger problem with the Constitution than they do with a rifle they have little understanding of.

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