Feinsten pushes for semi-automatic rifle import ban based on 45-year-old law!
She is going to try it again and using the import law, based on what is happening in Ukraine. Read below the letter she sent to the liar-in-chief!
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is circulating a letter on Capitol Hill calling once again for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and asking for President Barack Obama to keep his State of the Union promise to make 2014 a “year of action.”
Citing the Gun Control Act of 1968, Feinstein states, “In recent years… importers of firearms have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of the ‘sporting purposes’ test to evade the import ban.”
The phrase contained in The Gun Control Act of 1968 Feinstein is referencing prohibits the importation of firearms that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” She claims that in recent years firearms importers have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of “sporting purposes” to circumvent the ban.
Although Feinstein recognizes that the firearms are designed for civilian use and never manufactured or used by any standing army, she maintained that “many semiautomatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms.”
To justify the ban, Feinstein cited a study by The Center for Public Integrity and expressed concern regarding international gun-running.
“700 Romanian AK-47 variant rifles were identified in 134 federal gun trafficking prosecutions involving illegal smuggling from the United States to Mexico and other Latin American countries,” she wrote.
The ban would target attributes like “thumbhole stocks” and “semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds” which would prohibit tube-fed .22 rimfire rifles.
Additionally, rifles and “assault pistols” capable of accommodating detachable magazines with a capacity in excess of 10 rounds would be banned “regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm’s magazine well.”
Feinstein’s letter does not appear on her Senate.gov page, where constituents can view her other positions.
Read the complete text of the letter, as provided to The Daily Caller:
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
During your State of the Union address, you stated that you want to make 2014 a “year of action.” We write to urge you to take immediate action to address the significant number of assault weapons that are being imported into the United States in contravention of federal law. We respectfully request that you take steps to ensure that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) fully enforces the ban on the importation of these military-style firearms.
A provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3), prohibits the importation of firearms that are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” In recent years, however, importers of firearms have taken advantage of ATF’s interpretation of the “sporting purposes” test to evade the import ban. In 1998, the Department of the Treasury — which then housed ATF — issued guidance that interpreted the import ban to prohibit only semiautomatic rifles that use magazines originally designed for a military rifle. Many semiautomatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms. These military-style firearms are not prohibited under the current import ban, even though they are functionally equivalent to prohibited rifles with a military origin. In addition, the Treasury Department’s 1998 guidance allows foreign-made firearms to be imported into the United States without military features, even though these firearms have the capacity to fire multiple times in quick succession without the need to reload and can easily have military features attached.
As a result of the Treasury Department’s unnecessarily restrictive interpretation of the sporting purposes test, imports of military-style weapons have increased dramatically in recent years, helping to fuel deadly gun violence along the Southwest border and in neighboring Mexico. According to data obtained from the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission and analyzed by The Center for Public Integrity, 2.96 million rifles and handguns were imported into the United States in 2009, more than double the 1.32 million firearms imported in 2005. In January of this year, Russia’s Kalashnikov gun maker announced that it plans to sell in the United States up to 200,000 rifles and shotguns, many of which are designed after the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. An analysis by the Violence Policy Center found that more than 700 Romanian AK-47 variant rifles were identified in 134 federal gun trafficking prosecutions involving illegal smuggling from the United States to Mexico and other Latin American countries.
For example, one imported Romanian AK firearm, the WASR-10, was carefully designed to exploit the sporting purposes test and has become a favorite of the gun traffickers that profit by arming Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The importer of the WASR-10, Century International Arms, circumvents the import ban by taking the following steps: First, the company imports the inexpensive weapon without any military features, to avoid contravening the ban. Next, the weapon is disassembled, and American-made parts are added, to make the weapon “American-made,” not “foreign-made.” The magazine well is also modified to accept higher capacity ammunition magazines. Finally, assault features — which would be illegal if added to a foreign-made weapon — are added to the now-American-made weapon, rendering the weapon an assault rifle for all practical purposes. The resulting firearm is then sold on the civilian market, either to be used in violent acts here at home or smuggled across the border into Mexico.
WASR-10s have repeatedly been found in the arsenals of top drug kingpins and their associates. For example, at least one WASR-10 was used in May 2008 to kill eight police officers in Culiacan, Mexico, a city in the northwestern part of the country. An analysis conducted by The Center for Public Integrity found that, over the last four years, WASR-10 rifles comprised more than 17% of the firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes and successfully traced back to the United States. In all, according to a memorandum by the Council on Foreign Relations published in July 2013, over 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers.
We urge ATF to close the loopholes that allow the importation of military-style weapons into the United States.
Such an approach should, at a minimum:
- Prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds, regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm’s magazine well;
- Prohibit semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds;
- Prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle, regardless of whether it is incorporated into a fully manufactured firearm;
- Prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts and then constructing the rifles once they are in the United States by adding the requisite number of American-made parts;
- Prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock as a means to avoid classification of a rifle as an assault rifle; and
Prohibit the importation of assault pistols, in addition to assault rifles.
We urge you to review enforcement of the sporting purposes test and take the necessary regulatory steps to stop the importation of all military-style, non-sporting firearms, and the assembly of those firearms from imported parts. We have endured too many funerals and mourned the loss of too many innocent lives to accept less than full enforcement of the import ban. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.
We already produce AK's here. It may raise the prices of AK rifles, but seeing as how we already produce 100% American made stamped and milled AK rifles, this is not going to have the effect that she thinks it is.
She's tried again and again and again but Mr. and Mrs. America, as she would say, aren't having any of her ridiculous arguments about not owning firearms that she does not approve of (which would be all of them).
The US gives a crap about who gets injured in foreign countries as a result of weapons that come from US manufacturers and distributors? Really? Then maybe Uncle Sam should quit giving arms by the ship load, the kind law abiding Americans could never get their hands on, to all of our future enemies.
The hypocrisy is staggering.
The stupidity is typical.
Americans aren't giving up their guns, and she can whine and cry as loudly as she wants; It just ain't gonna happen.
More statist/elitist thinking. Those folks with lots of money will continue to own whatever firearms they want, while us common folk will be restricted due to artificial economics. Talk about an infringement, exactly what the 2A was meant to protect us from.
How on earth does she keep getting elected I don't understand
Drugs control the population. The Romans used the games to keep the population sedated. Cali's people are so easily manipulated I guess...with a few exceptions of course.
Assault pistols, really?
Maybe we should start calling people that want to infringe our rights Assault_______(insert title here) to prove a point.
Assault senator Feinstein, nice ring to it:rolleyes:
What do you expect from a commie ultra-left wing nutcase wingnut like frank-en-stein!? She should be exiled as a traitor!!~
find a bunch of folks high on drugs, without guns?
As opposed to an armed populace, that is more sober?
Where was it I heard the response:
"Tasty pick, BONEHEAD!"
That phrase should have been eliminated from the GCA 1968 when the Republicans ran the senate and the house and Bush II was president. They talked a good line of trash about supporting our Second Amendment rights but lacked the cajones to do anything for law abiding gun owners.
Three US presidents have banned guns from import citing the "sporting purposes" clause of the GCA 1968: Reagan in 1984 and 1986, Bush in 1989 and Clinton in his second term. Pretty soon there will be nothing to ban from import.
BTW: Feinstein opposes the legalization of wacky weed.
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