Even as news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) “Assault Weapon” ban is really a ban on some of the most popular civilian-owned handguns in the U.S., details of her promised legislation also show that it will require gun owners to register their guns with the government.
Feinstein’s legislation does this by banning the import, possession, and transfer of hundreds of different weapons, but making special allowances for gun owners who already own the weapons on the ban list. On first read, the owner of an AR-15, a Glock, or a Smith & Wesson M&P might breathe a sigh of relief for the special allowances. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the provision.
The government has to know you own the gun in order for you to receive special allowances. And how will they know? They will know because the bill requires you to tell them.
Feinstein’s legislation throws some gun owners a bone by saying, “[It will protect] the rights of existing gun owners by grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment,” but it then states: “It will require any grandfathered weapon to be registered under the National Firearms Act.”