Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Feinstein Goes After .50 Cals and Long Range Hunting Rifles

The gun grabber crowd is back. Senator Dianne Feinstein is now going after the .50 caliber long-range target rifle, and any rifle that develops more than 12,000 ft-lb of energy. That includes your long range hunting rifles. Co-sponsors read like a who’s who of the worst anti-Bill of Rights offenders in the nation: Kennedy, Levin, Menendez, Mikulski, Clinton, Durbin, Lautenberg, Schumer, and Dodd. The Fifty Caliber Institute put out this alert about Senate Bill S.1331. It redefines the .50 cal target rifle as well as other high energy rifles as destructive devices requiring registration – as if the ATF will really let you register them. The full text of the bill can be read on THOMAS.

I’ve already written my representatives on this one. Here’s the full text of my letter:

I am writing today in regards to bill S.1331, the deceptively and dishonestly named “Long-Range Sniper Rifle Safety Act of 2007”. This bill represents nothing more than yet another misguided attempt by certain members of our government to further erode the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution through attacking what they believe is a “soft target” – the .50 caliber target rifle and other long range target and hunting rifles that develop more than 12,000 foot-pounds of energy.

This bill completely redefines a class of firearms that are used by law-abiding citizens in long-range competition target shooting. Because of the loose wording of the law, it would also apply to certain long-range hunting rifles as well inaccurately redefining these weapons in the same class as large caliber military howitzers. This legislation would effectively end the use of these classes of firearms in civilian hands for no valid reason as these classes of firearms have a virtually zero incidence of use in crime.

In summary, I strongly urge you to defeat bill S.1331, the inappropriately named “Long-Range Sniper Rifle Safety Act of 2007”. The proposed legislation would do absolutely nothing to deter violent crime, has absolutely nothing to do with safety, and would merely serve to prohibit the ownership of weapons already held by law-abiding American citizens.

Feinstein claims "This legislation doesn't ban any firearms; it would only institute common-sense regulations for the sale of these dangerous sniper rifles." Yeah right! If you believe that one, then I have some beach front property in Colorado to sell you...

This bill represents yet another attempt by Feinstein to erode the Second Amendment to the point where she can call for the seizure of all firearms in the United States. She’s admitted she would love to do this in the past – do you really think her goals have changed? I urge you to write your representatives and have them consign this bill to the dung heap where it belongs. I also urge any readers in California to VOTE FEINSTEIN OUT! She represents a clear and present danger to the Bill of Rights.

Until next time!

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