Feinstein’s 2019 Assault Weapons Ban Targets Pistol Braces, Amongst the Usual Suspects

Senators Dianne Feinstein, Chris Murphy, and Richard Blumenthal are introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. (Photo: Feinstein/Facebook)

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is leading another push to introduce a sweeping “assault weapons” ban that targets the most popular rifles in circulation today. The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 greatly expands on the 1994 ban and has no sunset provision.

“Last year we saw tens of thousands of students nationwide take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities,” said Feinstein in her announcement. “Our youngest generation has grown up with active-shooter drills, hiding under their desks—and now they’re saying enough is enough.”

“Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” she continued. “If we’re going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets.”

These types of firearms are almost never used to commit crimes. The FBI reports that in 2017 more people were killed with hammers and bats than all rifles put together and that more than three times more people were killed with knives.

In 2017 a total of just 403 people were killed with rifles across the entire country. Supporters of the bill stress that the ban is key to prevent mass shootings.

“Military-style assault rifles are the weapons of choice for mass murderers,” said Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). “There’s just no reason why these guns, which were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, are sold to the public.”

“This past year, we’ve seen Americans rise up and demand Congress change our gun laws. Banning assault weapons would save lives, and I’m proud to join Senator Feinstein in introducing this bill.”

And while the rifles affected by the legislation are wildly popular in all shooting sports and self-defense, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) insists that they are only used for murder.

“Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are deadly and dangerous weapons of war that belong on battlefields—not our streets,” said Blumenthal. “They have no purpose for self-defense or hunting, and no business being in our schools, churches and malls.”

See Also: Feinstein to Introduce Bill to Set Minimum Age for All Firearm Purchases to 21

The ban specifically targets 205 firearms by name and any others that can accept a list of common features including pistol grips, adjustable stocks, handguards, threaded barrels and folding stocks. It also limits the sale of magazines that have a greater than 10-round capacity.

The bill also has an exemption list for firearms with legal sporting and self-defense purposes, implying that guns not on the list would not be considered legal to use.

Furthermore, the bill includes “safe storage” wording which requires gun owners to lock away firearms. In 2008 the Supreme Court declared safe storage laws unconstitutional in District of Columbia v. Heller.

It also includes an additional bump stock ban as well as a ban on any other similar-functioning accessories. This could possibly lead to a sweeping ban on aftermarket parts, including target and match trigger kits.

Additionally, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 would require mandatory background checks. And among other things, it also bans pistol braces and other popular accessibility devices.

For a full list of legislators that have signed on to the bill read the official press release. We will keep you up to date on the progress of the bill and the responses from gun rights leaders and organizations.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Robert Brooks February 15, 2021, 12:37 pm

    That old bag has dementia, and is cranking out more and more legislation restricting the rights of others, while she needs to be the one restricted from harming other people! This bitch is crazy! In most places old, dementia are prohibited from driving or operating dangerous machinery. She should be prevented from having anything to do with making laws that can/will affect or lives! She alone, could possibly kill more people every year than gun violence!

  • Roger Mudd July 12, 2019, 11:33 pm

    You mean train them.

  • BigC May 3, 2019, 6:15 am

    I guess we’ll just have to get used to the idea, every time some idiot goes on a rampage and does a heinous act, the Democraps will use the tragedy to further their agenda!! Sometimes I wonder if they don’t encourage these psychos!

  • Jaque February 14, 2019, 6:56 am

    When I was in grade school we did not have active shooter drills. It was because there wasn’t a threat by deranged killers. The deranged killers were in straight jackets inside Mental Institutions. And there were rifles with 30 round magazines available too. The US M1 carbine and a civilian version were plentiful. I bought mine in a Woolworth store. One version was made in my hometown near Miami Florida. Some Americans had machine guns brought back as WW2 war trophies. A friends dad had one. Not DEWAT either. No mass killings either.

    Guns and ammunition were sold in Sears stores and Hardware stores it was common for 15 year olds to own a .22 rifle And to be sold a box of .22 carried by the drugstore down the street.

    We had Civil Defense drills to prepare us for possible nuclear attack. We had bomb shelters and weekly warning siren tests, CONELRAD alerts, even backyard bomb shelters. All these alerts and shelters to protect Americans from attack by communists. Yes communists.

    Today the Civil Defense drills are gone and the Civil Defense system abandoned. Backyard bomb shelters are filled in. So are the Mental Institutions. The deranged were let out into the streets by democrats. Democrats tore down the Mental Hospitals saying they are bad. Now the deranged are treated with special care by society. So much care they had a free pass to commit multiple crimes and remain free.
    And guns and ammunition are now only sold by government licensed individuals. Now only adults age 21 can buy guns. And they must be checked by the FBI before being permitted to buy a gun. But criminals still get guns without FBI approval. That’s why they are criminals.
    The communist ideology that threatened Americans with Atom Bombs now exists in Congress. Communism is now in vogue. Some are neighbors or even family members. They are School teachers. One was an American President. It is the American Communists who are working overtime to take our guns and ban them from existence. We are only an election away from losing the second amendment and along with it our freedoms. Look at the Marxist inspired legalization being pushed by the DNC communists. The communist government takeover of the US is only possible if the people are disarmed.
    And communists like Menendez and Feinstein keep pushing to take our guns knowing that one day they will succeed. Unless you never surrender.

  • Ejharb February 1, 2019, 1:10 pm

    Is it a coincidence that they want to ban the most effective weapon available for resisting tyranny?if you had a 94 winchester and a ak47 on the table which one are you grabbing when 5 men with guns are at your door.

  • Ejharb February 1, 2019, 12:40 pm

    Disarmed you are ready for whatever they want to do to you and your loved ones.so come and take em.waiting

  • Jeffer January 27, 2019, 7:44 pm

    Having Frankfeinstein around is redolent of having dysentery. Rather than plaguing law-abiding gun owners, she and the other Chicken Littles should just be grateful that criminals in the US have not figured out that IEDs are easy to make and could kill a helluva lot more people than rifles could kill.

  • Jim L Davis January 27, 2019, 7:30 am

    It is interesting to note that we can draft young men 18yrs to 21yrs into the military, teach them to use all kinds of weapons, how to kill with them and discharge them but then when they become civilians we outlaw them from having or owning a firearm. The very stupid liberal mind at work?????

  • charles turner January 18, 2019, 8:54 am

    we need to worry more about all of the drug dealers coming over the border with the drugs. they are whats killing our country .we need to to supply the people on the borders with the so called assault rifles and , and tell them open fire on the drug dealers.

    • Linc Qimiq January 25, 2019, 5:05 am

      It’s stupid to ban high capacity assault rifle if drugs smugglers / dealers coming to USA I wanted to kill all drugs smugglers / dealers with my ak47 with high capacity !!!!!!!! If banning assault rifle but I don’t have assault rifle / high capacity magazine. Drugs smugglers or dealers will shoot people in USA . Illegal drugs kills many people in USA . We don’t want many Mexican come over in USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jerry January 16, 2019, 8:19 pm

    On the list of banned features is the bayonet lug. I’m always amazed at that one–guess I missed the news story on the rash of drive-by bayonetings. I once heard some lib (obviously well versed in how firearms are used on tv and in the movies-not real life). That the reason for banning pistol grips was because they make it too easy to shoot one handed! Really? My stag AR weighs about 9 1/2 pounds with the accessories on it. My 45 cal. 1911 weighs a hell of a lot less and is even easier to shoot one handed. And someone PLEASE tell me why handguards are bad but a wood forend is ok? All just BS excuses from know-nothing politicians that don’t know which way to point the gun before pulling the trigger (might be s good thing-think Darwin said something about survival of the fittest.)

  • Chief BA January 14, 2019, 10:11 am

    Not one American signed on to that bill. Every one of those Golf Delta senators should be impeached for violating OUR constitution. Most of the traitors on that list have committed multiple violations of our constitution and we must find a way of holding them accountable. Rigged voting has prevented that. States like Illinois, new York and California are always going to vote un American libs into office. Most decent Americans have left those states. I know because I’m one of the few decent people in Illinois. We lose Americans every month.

  • Mike Watkins January 12, 2019, 10:26 pm

    Sen Blumenthal is proud to join the stupid cow Feinstein in trying to strip us of our Constitutional Rights. What a piece of excrement. Lied about being a Vietnam vet. 2nd wealthiest senator. Perfect poster child for term limits.

    My disgust for both of them, plus goat facker Chuck Schumer and stained-underwear Pelosi knows no bounds

  • Ed January 12, 2019, 9:20 pm

    How bout Waco in 1993 when they killed children??

  • J. Williams January 12, 2019, 11:22 am

    Work within the system. Vote them out, impeach them, try them for treason or sedition as appropriate.

  • Tim January 12, 2019, 10:48 am
    • Chief BA January 14, 2019, 10:14 am

      Thanks. I’m sending this out to all my people.

    • Jaque February 14, 2019, 7:04 am

      Petition is locked. It did not meet certain government requirements. Yup.
      Want some land in the Everglades.

  • LR McGeorge January 11, 2019, 5:05 pm

    Soon, it will be time to start our insurgency and KILL these tyrant politicians. I can’t wait….

  • Bobs your uncle January 11, 2019, 4:14 pm

    My blood just boils when I see a pistol brace….. not really, classic manufactured bull shit. Real issues and problems go unaddressed.

  • Michael Christensen January 11, 2019, 2:23 pm

    Her comment about the Las Vegas shooting as being the deadliest in US history is a blatant lie. How many massacres of Native Americans does she want me to list that the US Government performed on it’s own citizens does she want me to show her? A couple of them are over 1,000 dead, not wounded.

  • Eric Holder January 11, 2019, 1:16 pm

    Feinstein’s face should be banned under the 1994 Crime Bill because it certainly has more than 5 “evil” features.

    As for the poor kids brought up with “active shooter drills”, I was brought up with “nuclear weapons drills” hiding in coat rooms at school and duck and cover. Maybe all these drills cause some nightmares but none are as scary as Feinstein’s face on the news.

    Thanks gotta go, taking measurements of how far apart the steel slats will be placed apart at the Mexican border. I want to make sure I have enough room to sneak the weapons between them. Yours truly Eric.

  • Dan Martin January 11, 2019, 11:52 am

    Nothing I have seen would have any affect on mass shootings other than to make it harder for persons to defend themselves. These idiots keep bringing up “assault weapon”, the firearms they are referring to are NOT assault weapons. That is a term coined by the media and anti-gunners to frighten people. Of course they look similar to real assault weapons like the military use because that is an efficient and effective form of firearm. If the best firearm the military could come up with was a match lock the civilians would be armed with, modified for civilian use, match locks, but technology has made many advances sense that invention. There was a time when civilians could have any weapon the military had. In fact there were times civilians were better armed than the military. It appears to me all these laws and bans are just an attempt to disarm the public and make us unable to defend ourselves against invasion and a tyrannical government.

  • Stan d. Upnow January 11, 2019, 10:53 am

    “The ban specifically targets 205 firearms by name and any others that can accept a list of common features including pistol grips, adjustable stocks, handguards, threaded barrels and folding stocks.”

    How many times have the Liars said, “We don’t want to take your guns.”
    The bastards can go Fk themselves!

    • krinkov5.45 January 11, 2019, 10:48 pm

      I can’t wait till these bastards are burning in Hell!

  • J Smith January 11, 2019, 10:52 am

    What is to debate? Nothing! Simply do not comply. We know it is BS, we know these political insurgents continue to upend our constitution, so when we finally get sold out by the traitors in the Republican Party, DO NOT COMPLY.

  • KIM January 11, 2019, 10:01 am


  • Alan Robinson January 11, 2019, 9:10 am

    My HK 93 and my AR are both very good coyote rifles, as well as shorter range Prairie Dog eliminators, so her claim of “no purpose” for hunting is just plain bogus.
    I know a guy who uses an AR-10 for Deer, and does well with it,
    And yes, I’m well aware that the 2nd isn’t about hunting, I’m just pointing out that ONE particular fallacy in her claims.
    In addition, at one point in history the Lever action was the AR of it’s day, compared to the front stuffers of the War between the States.

  • Dilligaf January 11, 2019, 9:05 am

    Why is this anti-American lintard still in office? Better question…why is she still alive?

    • krinkov5.45 January 11, 2019, 10:49 pm

      I prefer my leftard communists burning in Hell like Castro, Che, Mao, Stalin, Lenin well you get it.

  • Trixterminator January 11, 2019, 8:36 am

    How I pray that that woman has a massive heart attack and goes back to hell from which she came. She’s been taking pages out of Hitlers playbook for far too long.

    • krinkov5.45 January 11, 2019, 10:50 pm

      Oh rest assured the Lord God already has a spot in Hell for our dear senator fineswine right next to Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

  • Big Jim January 11, 2019, 7:42 am

    The same new lies with different twists. Its like deep fried dog-shit, looks like something edible from a distance until you get close to it.
    They throw phrases around like “common sense” and “reasonable”
    They can’t be reasoned with and never should be trusted.

  • Jack Blade January 11, 2019, 6:54 am

    It won’t go anywhere, it will never get through the Senate and Trump would not sign it so mummy Frankenfeinstein will have to pound sand. Hopefully she will be gone soon. The Dems can replace her with another radical like Trashida or Ocrazio…😂

    • I Love Liberty January 31, 2019, 4:33 pm

      I agree. This stupid bill Feinstein introduced to destroy a good portion of the Second Amendment will go no where. I am concerned about Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s bill that he introduced. It is the “Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act” otherwise known as S. 7.

      It is currently the only “red flag” confiscation bill to be introduced in Congress. This bill would allow a secret court where neither the targeted firearm owner nor his attorney is allowed to appear. Under S. 7, anyone “related by blood, marriage, or adoption” would be able to convene a secret court to present a case to take the gun owner’s firearms away.

      Your due process consists of your right to spend $10,000 to $20,000 to hire a lawyer and expert witnesses and convince a judge he made a mistake to give you back your firearms. This bill is awful as it violates the 2nd, 5th and 6th Amendment rights of American citizens. There is no due process to strip American’s of their property if this bill becomes law. Write your Senators and tell them to oppose it.

  • Jay January 11, 2019, 6:41 am

    We The People, follow the law of the land! It’s called the Constitution! Nothing else applies, we have rights that are not enumerated by individuals but buy God and the vestige of freedom, the fact we fought to have them and we will fight to keep them!

  • Keith January 11, 2019, 5:26 am

    “Last year we saw tens of thousands of students nationwide take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities,”

    #1- mass shootings are extremely rare. highly sensationalized, but extremely rare.
    #2- gun violence is not an “epidemic.” more people die of influenza in this country every year than from guns.

    Of course, never let facts get in the way of emotional rhetoric, Feinstein.

    • AJ January 11, 2019, 7:10 am

      Anyone who believes her bullshit, or any similar bullshit, should be deemed mentally ill and lose their right to vote. Extreme, I know, but with the rise of gullibility in our current and future generations, we need a safeguard against this kind of shit.

    • krinkov5.45 January 11, 2019, 10:54 pm

      Far more innocent defenseless americans die in planned murderhood clinics ever day, week, month, year. Where’s the left? Fund it more and murder more innocent lives. Yes they deserve the eternity in Hell coming on their heads.

  • Rick January 11, 2019, 3:17 am

    I notice in this image Senator Feinstein is promoting the religion of Buddism, shame on her doesn’t she know about the separation of Church and State?

    • Michael Christensen January 11, 2019, 2:20 pm

      I was going to say the same thing.

    • krinkov5.45 January 11, 2019, 10:55 pm

      At least it’s another thing taking her to Hell idolatry.

  • Erik S January 11, 2019, 3:16 am

    Feinstein’s addition of a “high capacity” magazine ban is a loser, as even the liberal hacks in black of the 9th circuit have upheld an injunction against the identical ban on magazines over ten rounds in California! The safe storage aspect is similarly illegal, as noted and upheld by SCOTUS. And Democrats’ whining claims that “assault weapons” are the firearm of choice for mass shooters is another complete fabrication and fear mongering ploy… 90% of mass shooters from the past 5 decades have utilized handguns. Not rifles of any type, but handguns, specifically because they are easily concealed.

    This has zero chances of even being brought to a vote by the Senate. The old codger needs to give up already.

  • piper January 10, 2019, 10:39 pm

    That’s Treason and Sedition. They belong in GITMO forever, at the least.

    • krinkov5.45 January 11, 2019, 10:57 pm

      I’d prefer fineswine in Hell. She’s 84 or 85 your eternity in Hell is sneaking up on you fineswine!!

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