The Feinstein gun ban bill, commonly known for the person who introduced the bill to the Senate, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST.
Conservative groups have contacted their members and constituents to urge them contact the senators on the committee, especially those who are up for reelection in 2014, to urge them to take no action on the proposal, effectively allowing the bill to die in committee.
The bill, S.150, would ban so-called assault rifles and other semi-automatic firearms, including popular handguns. The bill further bans so-called large capacity magazines that allow the user to shoot more than 10 rounds of ammunition. All of the bill's provisions are described at NRA-ILA.
But perhaps the most controversial portion of the bill is the mandate to establish a national database of gun owners through required registration of all gun purchases. Anyone who makes such purchases would be fingerprinted and photographed like a common criminal.
Constitution Watch has listed the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who need to be contacted by concerned citizens. Those senators who are listed as "Class 2" are up for reelection in 2014, which includes Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Al Franken, D-Minn., and Chris Coons, D-Del.
The committee is chaired by the senator who introduced the proposed law, Dianne Feinstein. Other committee members are Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Shelton Whitehouse, D-R.I., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.
From the outset gun rights activists and other conservatives have expressed deep concern that such proposals could ignite a civil war on American soil. The outrage citizens have expressed toward elected officials, both local and national, is not to be taken lightly, say observers, because this time the anger is so deep and focused that any attempt to infringe in any way upon the rights clearly delineated in the Second Amendment would be considered an act of war of the government against the citizens.
(Hat tip to The War on Guns).
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