The Return Of The ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

There may soon be large changes to your Second Amendment rights if one member of Congress gets her way. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is seeking a ban of many types of popular firearms.

Feinstein’s effort is similar to the ban on many types of semiautomatic weapons in the 1990s.

One of the major forces behind that ban was the same Dianne Feinstein. Signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton, it expired during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Feinstein’s revived assault weapons ban is legal fiction. It does little to understand what an assault weapon means in the military context. It does even less to understand the use of popular semiautomatic weapons.

Now, President Biden is calling for the same ban as Feinstein is proposing.

The California senator is doing her best to bring San Francisco values to Washington. Many people in rural areas would not accept such a crackdown on their individual liberties. They also understand the value of the Second Amendment.

For Republicans looking for good news, it is unlikely that the Senate or the House of Representatives will pass such a bill. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would make that unlikely even for consideration.

Even if a bill made it to the open floor of the House or Senate, it is still unlikely to pass. The Republican majority likely would not break to give the Democrats 218 votes for a majority. In addition, if the vote made it to the Senate, it is certainly possible that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) or Kirsten Sinema (I-AZ) would not vote for it.

Feinstein may believe that she has a real chance of getting the new ban through Congress. However, she may also be playing congressional theater in her final term in office.

This latest proposed gun ban may not make it to the president’s desk for a signature, but it may still affect you. Gun owners may go out to pick up a new strap or stock up on ammunition while it’s still legal.

It just goes to show you how every vote counts in this country.