The list of specific firearms that would be banned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein's gun-control bill is a smokescreen for a trick of language that could result in a ban on nearly all semiautomatic guns, according to a gun law expert who has reviewed the proposed legislation.
Most media reports have focused on the already lengthy list of specific firearms the bill would ban, but Alan Korwin, who has written 10 books on gun laws, says the real meaning of the bill is hidden in the list of banned gun components.
The bill's definition of a "pistol grip" is what concerns Korwin. According to the version of the bill released by Feinstein's own website, "The term ‘pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumb hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip." (Emphasis added.)
Korwin warns that since semiautomatic weapons with a "pistol grip" would be prohibited by the legislation, if passed then the law would effectively ban any semiautomatic weapons that can be gripped, which is all of them.
"In other words, the gun list does not matter," Korwin told WorldNet Daily. "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. ...
“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."
Korwin also points out that there is nothing in the bill that addresses the problem of criminals or that deals with the issue of psychotropic drugs, which may be particularly relevant in the case of the Newtown killings that spurred the current wave of gun grabbing efforts.
When she introduced the bill, Feinstein said it was her plan to ban the "sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of 120 specifically named firearms, certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds."
According to Korwin, almost the entire bill violates the Constitution. "Every aspect of this bill appears to be an infringement on the Bill Of Rights, with no legitimate justification," he said. "Congress cannot pass infringements by majority vote. That is forbidden, although the word ‘infringement’ itself is universally missing in ‘news’ reports, in case you haven’t noticed."