May 11, 2007

Feinstein's at it Again

Our lady of perpetual hoplophobia (except for when her own precious little heinie is in danger) has introduced legislation making any .50 BMG a "destructive device", as defined under NFA'34.

This legislation would:
  • Add the .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle to the list of firearms classified as “destructive devices” under the National Firearms Act, which would mean they must be registered when purchased or sold;
  • Require the same registration for any “copycat” sniper rifles that might be developed in the future with destructive power that is equivalent to the .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle; and
  • Allow people who already possess .50 BMG caliber sniper weapons up to seven years to register their existing firearms by implementing a registration process identical to what was used when “street sweeper” and other firearms were reclassified as “destructive devices” in 1994.
Note the "copycat" provision? And who gets to decide which cartridges fall under that category?

I suppose I should poke a little fun at the ignorance of some of the statements in that press release, but I'm enjoying a steak with a nice Australian Shiraz.

The text of the bill is not yet available, but it's one to keep our eyes on.

(Thanks to Say Uncle and Armed Canadian)

Posted by Jed at May 11, 2007 05:34 PM | TrackBack