Tuesday, May 03, 2005

And they all sat there silently

Dianne "gun grabber" Feinstein has introduced a bill to "regulate" those evil .50 caliber rifles. Several items stood out when I read the congressional record.

The first involved the specter of terrorism of course.
Nearly two years ago today, Essam al Ridi, an Al Qaeda associate, testified that he acquired 25 Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles and shipped them to Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan
So if they are in Afghanistan then why regulate them here. Matter of fact I have not read of our guys coming under 50 caliber sniper fire in that country. She wants to regulate here and uses a threat there as one of here first excuses.

Then the threat of cults was of course brought in
One doomsday cult headquartered in Montana purchased ten of these guns and stockpiled them in an underground bunker, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and other guns.
So they did not use them or threaten anyone. They simply put them into storage. Why is that wrong with storing them? Never mind, she is an idiot.

But then what worried me the most happened in Washington.
I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be printed in the RECORD.

There being no objection, the bill was ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:
No one objected. Not one senator raised their hand and declared he a gun grabbing tyrant. No one called he a liar. They just sat there. This worries me people.

Here is what I found was read into the record.
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Fifty Caliber Sniper Weapons Regulation Act of 2005''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Certain firearms originally designed and built for use as long-range .50 caliber military sniper weapons are increasingly being sold in the United States civilian market.

(2) The intended use of these long-range firearms, and an increasing number of models derived directly from them, is the taking of human life and the destruction of materiel, including armored vehicles and components of the national critical infrastructure, such as radar and microwave transmission devices.

(3) These firearms are neither designed nor used in any significant number for legitimate sporting or hunting purposes and are clearly distinguishable from rifles intended for sporting and hunting use.

(4) Extraordinarily destructive ammunition for these weapons, including armor-piercing and armor-piercing incendiary ammunition, is freely sold in interstate commerce.

(5) The virtually unrestricted availability of these firearms and ammunition, given the uses intended in their design and manufacture, present a serious and substantial threat to the national security.

SEC. 3. COVERAGE OF .50 CALIBER SNIPER WEAPONS UNDER THE NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT.

(a) In General.--Section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining firearm) is amended by striking ``(6) a machine gun; (7) any silencer (as defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code); and (8) a destructive device.'' and inserting ``(6) a .50 caliber sniper weapon; (7) a machine gun; (8) any silencer (as defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code); and (9) a destructive device.''.

(b) Definitions.--

(1) IN GENERAL.--Section 5845 the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining terms relating to firearms) is amended by adding at the end the following:

``(n) Fifty Caliber Sniper Weapon.--The term `.50 caliber sniper weapon' means a rifle capable of firing a center-fire cartridge in .50 caliber, .50 BMG caliber, any other variant of .50 caliber, or any metric equivalent of such calibers.''.

(2) MODIFICATION TO DEFINITION OF RIFLE.--Section 5845(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining rifle) is amended by inserting ``or from a bipod or other support'' after ``shoulder''.

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

The amendments made by this Act shall only apply to a .50 caliber sniper weapon made or transferred after the date of enactment of this Act.
So she has no desire to take them away, just to regulate them to death. Death by paper. The latest tool of gun grabbers.

I would like to link to the daily record but the government has this bastardized system where links are short term. Nice how they work for us.
The bill is titled S.620 if you want to go read it. The daily record, if you have the desire to hear her babble, is for Senate - April 28, 2005.

Note one thing. The article and her press release are almost worded the same. Do newspapers in California think for themselves, or do they sit back and get spoon fed this crap from their liberal leaders?

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