To this point I'm sure some of you that have been reading this Blog, are not convinced that the leadership of the Democratic Party wants to take your favorite pheasant/quail/duck/goose gun. You just can't believe that your elected officials would do that. After all they profess to support gun rights for hunters.
The truth is that the Second Amendmant is not about hunting and they do want to take your firearms.
UPDATE #2Here it a link to the whole text of S. 1431. How many guns do you own that meet the "Assault weapons" definitions? Look closely the mini 14 is now on that list. If you fireram even looks like the type used by the police or Military it will now be illegal to own it, under the new law, co-sponsored and endorsed by John Kerry.
UPDATEPublicola is saying the same thing your about to read here with a much more indepth list of linked resources. I'm not alone in telling you this stuff folks. Scroll down to Get a Grip
Fellow nebraskans this should put to rest once and for all the notion that your "hunting firearms" are safe from government confiscation.
For the past few days Matt Drudge has been noting that John Kerry has been presented a shotgun as a gift. The interesting part is that if he had his way that particular "sportsman hunting tool" he was seen waving around down in West Virginia would be banned under current legislation co-sponsored by him.
The Democratic elite yammer on and on about how they do not want the firearms sportsmen use to hunt. That is pure unadultered Nebraska farm by-product.
The original Homeland defense firearm ban is scheduled to sunset in a matter of days.
For the last year people like Fienstien, Schumer, Kennedy and Presidential hopful John F. Kerry have been conducting a campaign to not only make the ban permanat but to add firearms to it. (thanks to Heartless Libertarian for the link.)
In the words of the "Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection act of 2003" the definition of an assault weapon would read as follows;
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(a) IN GENERAL- Section 921(a)(30) of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
`(30) The term `semiautomatic assault weapon' means any of the following:
(H) A semiautomatic shotgun that has--
(i) a folding or telescoping stock;
(ii) a pistol grip;
(iii) the ability to accept a detachable magazine; or
(iv) a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds
(b) RELATED DEFINITIONS- Section 921(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:
(42) PISTOL GRIP- The term `pistol grip' means a grip, a thumbhole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip
Did you catch that? the term "pistol grip" means any characteristic that can function as a grip.
The common term applied to the bottom curved portion of a shotgun stock that is not a "straight English" style is called a PISTOL GRIP. (Thanks to Gunner @ No Quarters.)
Carefully consider the other features listed there as well. Semi-automatic, fixed magazine capacity of more than five rounds and a pistol grip.
Are you willing to let someone else decide if your Granddads Reminton 11-87 is now considered an assault weapon?
Granted most "sporting semi-automatic shotguns do not have a capacity of more than 5 rounds of 2 3/4" or 3" shotshells. But who is it that decides what shotshell the law refers to. Consider how many of the Aquila 1 3/4" shotshells will fit in a Remington 1100, or a Benelli Black Eagle.
Are you still thinking that is a stretch? Who do you think is going to decide which length shotshell is used, you or an Attorney General appointed by President Kerry?
I have said it before
As I said before, the power elite of the Democratic party do not think the original bill went far enough, they, including John Kerry are lobbying, not only to have it made permanant, but to include even more fire arms in it.
Look at the definitions they propose, this time around they REALLY ARE after your hunting shotgun.
You may not have been interested in the catagory of firearms that are black, plastic and cosmetically challenged in the past. To tell the truth in most part I haven't either.
I am not a conspiricy theorist by any stretch of the imagination, but I am a firm beliver in the "Domino Principle". (and I don't mean pizza) I knew ten years ago that the people that created the AWB would try to make it permenant and pile more on to it in 2004. That is just history.
It is now 2004 and the things they are now piling on are, the kinds of firearms that many in Nebraska use every year for hunting.
I don't make this stuff up
Still think I am making this stuff up? Re-read above the pertinant section of the proposed law again, and then go look it up for yourself and see how many firearms you own that are included in the "New Hi-Powered Industrial Strength version of the Democratis product.
IT IS THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE.