Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 Introduced in Congress

Senator Dianne Feinstein holding an AR-15

On Friday, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition, joined several other gun rights groups in announcing that it opposes the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 introduced in the U.S. Senate last week.

The legislation introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and signed by a host of other Democrats, like earlier versions, relies on wrongfully defining commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles based on certain cosmetic features. The new version of this legislation, however, expands ways to ban the most-popular centerfire rifle in America. Since the original Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, more than 16 million of these rifles have been legally purchased for lawful purposes.

“It is disappointing to see politicians continue to pursue a failed policy agenda that has proven ineffective in improving public safety and will deny law-abiding citizens their Constitutional right,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “Despite what proponents may say, the record shows that Sen. Feinstein’s original 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban had no demonstrable impact on reducing crime and this one would be equally ineffective.”

Since the original ban, firearms ownership has increased while the criminal misuse of firearms has steadily dropped. FBI crime statistics demonstrate there is no justification for banning modern sporting rifles.

Senator Feinstein continues to mislead the American public by demonizing semi-automatic rifles based on external, cosmetic features that have no bearing on the function of a firearm, labelling them with a term invented in 1998 by the Violence Policy Center’s Josh Sugarmann for the purpose of confusing and misleading the public into believing commonly owned semi-automatic rifles are equivalent to fully automatic machine guns. Sugarmann wrote, “anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun (and) – can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions of these weapons.” In reality, modern sporting rifles operate in the same manner as other semi-automatic firearms, firing one round with each pull and release of the trigger.

Make no mistake, this is legislation is only the first salvo. The 2020 election campaigns and announcements have begun. Many politicians will be trying to “one up” the competition or fund raise off villainizing firearms. Unfortunately, their efforts may not stop at rhetoric and misdirection. Many bills may be passed and our rights are at risk with every new election cycle.

Do you think the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 has a chance of passing? What are the current dangers to the Second Amendment as you see them? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (149)

  1. Even if this grotesque bill passes, how many firearm owners do they expect to agree with this bill and willingly hand over their “Assult Rifle”? I Sure the hell will not do it, tell ya that much.
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  2. Hi, I haven’t been keeping up with the gun news lately and I’d like to know if Trump’s ban on bump stocks is really in force, or is it being ruled on in the courts. I have an AR and an AK with bump stocks, and I don’t know if I can even take them to the shooting range this weekend.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  3. Our constitutional right to posses and bear arms should be enforced at all cost. Any law or rule that infringes on that right is illegal in and of itself and should not be obeyed!! If we bow to laws that take our rights away then we deserve what we get. The second amendment was created to resist just such goverment intrusion.

  4. Theres only one reason ill never live outside Virginia, our state laws make all federal laws unenforcable. Any va resident who can legal purchase a firearm can own machine gun(s), for purposes that are nonviolent, as long as the state police have the serial number registered and 2 casings fired from it.

  5. In order for Trump to be considered a criminal, he first must be charged with a crime. So far for the Special Council, it’s not looking too good for them that any crimes have been committed by Trump. In fact, all of the evidence is showing that many crimes have been committed by the accusers and not the accused. Your assertion that you can threaten a Supreme Court Justice because he was appointed by a criminal is nonsense. Even if Trump was found culpable of a crime wouldn’t invalidate the appointment. Your statements just more evidence to the fact that Socialist and Left minded people are grossly ignorant and often don’t know what they are talking about.

  6. To talk about public safety is to miss the reality of gun control. The second amendment goes hand in hand with thee idea of government control. Self defence was a given along with hunting and the thrust of the second amendment was to give the people a way to control a government getting out of hand if necessary. Gun control is government safety and citizen control. If you try to go down the path of public safety you’re missing the point and following the gun grabbers agenda.

  7. Like some, I too am former law enforcement. My department also refused and instructed us not to enforce laws on hand gun and rifle bans. But this, along with finger pointing at this group and that group will never solve the problem. Being just simply human, we have the inherit drive to live our lives with our own agenda first and here lately make other people live their lives according to how we feel.

    Even though it sometimes feels that we no longer live in a free and democratic republic for the people and by the people; we still need to keep in mind that we, as individuals can still choose what we do. No one person, group or world view should dictate to anyone in this country that their own choice is not good enough. What do I mean by that is this; if you don’t like something don’t buy it, don’t visit it, don’t participate in it; but don’t make other people who do like those things not be able to have enjoy them because you don’t. Now, obviously if it’s an illegal activity, they yeah common sense says something should be done.

    Many of you have stated the Second Amendment and it’s support of the right to bear arms. Others of you that don’t support it want to take it away from those that live by it. Ask yourself, would you want someone telling you can’t drive in your car of choice because in recent years it was the car of choice for drunk driver’s? That the car itself in bad and it should be banned. We have lost focus on what the real issue is. It’s people. It’s our very own ability to be bad, jealous, envious, angry and vengeful. We are driven by own opinions, values, attitudes and beliefs.

    In this case about gun control, anyone on either side can twist statistics to their benefit. There is enough free information floating around the internet now for each to research and make our decisions. Taking the word of any person, no matter their job title, is not always the best way. Especially when it begins to infringe on your freedoms and your ability to choose. It’s not the law abiding citizen we need to worry about. Criminals will continue to get guns no matter the law. What’s wrong with keeping the playing field level? Criminals only prey on people they know who are already victims just waiting to be victims. Let people make their choice to own or not own a firearm. Punish those that break the laws.

    So remember, when you want to impose your “will” on someone solely based on your feelings or twisting statistics and quite possibly your lack of knowledge, ask yourself if you would want someone to do that to you.

  8. The public needs to be informed of the Great Miami Shootout of 1986 and how the police were outgunned by thugs armed with AK-47’s. These politicians also need to be schooled on what the 2nd Amendment really means with respect to “militia” and how the phrase “in common use” re: the Heller decision applies directly to modern sporting rifles despite Frankenstein’s attempts to deny it.

    Ted Cruz laid the wood to Feinstein in several Senate hearings and he deserves our support for being a champion of the 2nd Amendment.

    Watch this:

  9. I am a 20 year career police officer. Let it be known…I and most of my fellow officers DO NOT SUPPORT A SEMI AUTOMATIC FIREARMS BAN…NOR WILL WE ENFORCE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. And you’re not alone, apparently. According to the following surveys, the majority of your fellow LEOs don’t appear to support emotionally-symbolic (but largely ineffective and unenforceable) gun ‘safety’ measures such as ‘assault weapon’ or ‘high-capacity’ magazine bans either:

  10. We need to start taking things from these politicians, the good people that own these guns that don’t commit crimes are losing there guns for they they look. The way they look!, by god there going to want us to have these things if someone tried to invade are country, never mind the military, beware of the people!

  11. I just retired after 35 years in law enforcement in Florida. I know for a fact that criminals are heavily armed with illegal AKs etc. in their vehicles and elsewhere. When police attempt to stop them in a vehicle for any reason, they flee and cops can’t chase them and they know it. So they go free. But the misinformed public thinks that the police or a hand gun is enough to protect them. How sad. I guess the recent story of the Jayme Closs abduction and murder of her parents, or the Parkland shootings won’t enlighten the misinformed. A organization in Florida called Ban Assault Weapons Now is trying to get enough signatures to put it before the voters in 2020. The misinformed will likely vote for the ban.

    1. Really??? Are you still trying to sell us the Hoax / Drill known as “Parkland”???
      Sorry sir, not buying any more of these fabricated / manufactured events. Nice try though trying to disinform.

  12. I am also a free mason, and have many friends who are either masons or members of the Elks. Also, the number of free masons who are members at my gun club is astounding. I can assure you that these fraternities are NOT anti second amendment. These fraternities are made up of people who believe in, and support, the constitution.

    1. Sir if I may ask, which level Mason are you???

      Most of the lower and average level masons are kept in the Dark regarding the important events. The higher echelons Masons are working against our Second Amendment as painful as it may be for you to realize this. I personally know a Mason that is aware and he is just complacent and tells me he can’t do anything to against the higher-up Masons. Truly Pathetic.

  13. I am a veteran of numerous (combat) assaults wherein I went in behind a REAL machine gun, not a Sugarman phony look alike. Feinswine is a Marxist traitorous slug with a superficial resemblance to a human female. Does that make her an “Assault Granny”?

  14. I think we need a ban on assault politicians, those who would assault our basic human/God given right to defend ourselves and loved ones, in addition to all of the enumerated rights which are constitutionally guaranteed.

    1. Agreed! That and trial for Treason against our country and then appropriate penalties for “TREASON”

  15. Well, to me, something labeled an “assault rifle” would be something that you would use to “assault” someone with. But if this a firearm was not used to “assault” anyone how could it be termed as an “assault” rifle? I’ve never used my rifle to hurt anyone, I’ve only used my rifle for having lots and lots of fun, and teaching my friends and family firearm safety and responsibility so they can go out and enjoy it also.
    So, if I were to defend myself with a spoon and I took out one of the attackers eyes with said spoon, would this spoon now become an “Assault” spoon ? And would they ban it then? And everyone who eats cereal for breakfast or stirss Coffee would not be able to do so? I think everybody gets my point here.

  16. Well she gets away with it because she IS a politician. You know they’re above the law!! They’re greedy and power hungry. Even getting rid of the whole lot and starting over wouldn’t solve anything. I agree with everything you guys have said especially the post about Hitler and socialism. I wouldn’t pretend to know how to solve this dilemma. Banning guns isn’t the solution though.

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