(This is another article by Kurt Hoffman at Examiner.com)
Associate Editor’s note: Dianne Feinstein, et al, have wanted to take our guns away for years. They salivate at the possibility. What they are too arrogant to see is that “We the People” are waking up to their nefarious plans. – Shorty Dawkins
At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called “assault weapons,” and “to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited,” will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics (and intimidate our congressional “allies”) beyond anything we have ever experienced.
Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee members should take note that “assault weapons” bans are on the cusp of becoming irrelevant (there’s still time–if you do it right now–to call them and tell them). On Sunday, the hard working, liberty loving innovators of Defense Distributed brought their “Wiki Weapon” project to an entirely new level (see sidebar video). They have now used a 3-D printer to “print” a plastic lower receiver for an AR-15 “assault weapon,” rugged enough to stand up to hundreds of rounds (and counting). The CAD file is now available for free to anyone with internet access.
With the lower receiver being the part that, as far as the federal government is concerned, is the gun, and the only part that requires serial numbers, or any kind of federal hoops, all the other parts are completely unregulated, and the government has no record of where they are.
Feinstein’s bill would also ban 11-round and larger magazines, as would stand alone bills H.R. 138 and S. 33 (ten years of federal prison, for an 11-round magazine). And guess what–Defense Distributed is even further along in the process of making those bans irrelevant.
Defense Distributed hasn’t mentioned it so far, but the “bump fire” stocks that so frighten Feinstein could also probably be printed on a 3-D printer.
Oh, and while we’re ruining the “Government Monopoly on Force” advocates’ day, we would be remiss in failing to point out that 3-D printing is about to become vastly more accessible to the masses. “Regime change rifles” for everyone.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, “gun control,” it tolls for your evil ass.
Update: National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has more, in “Second Amendment Author and Attorney Hardy to testify on Feinstein gun ban.”
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