Aaron over at The Weapon Blog notes some dodgy wordy in the Feinstein “Assault Weapon” bill:
According to the bill, any semiautomatic firearm that uses a magazine — handgun, rifle or shotgun — equipped with a “pistol grip,” would be banned. That sounds like a limitation, but it is not.
A pistol grip (on page 2) is defined (on page 13) as “a grip, a thumb-hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” In other words, the gun list does not matter. It is a smokescreen designed to distract people from the true meaning of the bill. And it has done a magnificent job. It worked!
Any semi-automatic firearm that exists, with anything on it you can grip, is banned. (There is a grandfather clause for old stuff.)
The list is meaningless tripe. It is camouflage for the real purpose of the bill. When the president said he is not going to take away your guns, well, Feinstein’s bill puts the lie to that.
Magazine size does not matter. Brand name does not matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s black. If you can grip it, it’s banned under this bill.
Its noted in the comments that this does ONLY apply to long guns. Still this reads a lot like the text of Carolyn McCarthy’s HR 1022, where a “Barrel Shroud” was pretty much considered any place to grip a rifle or shotgun that kept your hand from gripping the hot barrel. That would have banned EVERY semi-auto long-gun by stupid definition.
This nonsense does sound like the stock of a Min-14, or 10/22, or an SKS will be considered a “Grip” and allow for those guns to be banned.
Which is exactly what they want anyway!
Thanks for the heads up Aaron!