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Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

"I think closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent, would be something that would be permitted under Heller," Holder said, referring to the Supreme Court ruling in Washington, D.C. v. Heller, which asserted the Second Amendment as an individual's right to own a weapon. The Assault Weapons Ban signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 banned 19 types of semi-automatic military-style guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds. "A semi-automatic is a quintessential self-defense firearm owned by American citizens in this country," LaPierre said. "I think it is clearly covered under Heller and it's clearly, I think, protected by the Constitution."

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Comment by Ross Wolf
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In 1994, the U.S. Justice Department under Attorney General Janet Reno considered introducing legislation that would allow “summary forfeiture" of unregistered firearms. DOJ allegedly wanted to eliminate the government's high costs of forfeiture proceedings to confiscate weapons. Under the proposed Legislation gun owners would be barred from being able to prove their confiscated weapons were in fact legally registered or did not come under the “technical definition” of a gun that must be registered.

In 1994, DOJ proposed legislation that would include the words “premises containing illegal weapons” written similar to drug forfeiture laws. Some gun owners expressed concern the word “container” in the proposed DOJ legislation might open the door for U.S. Government to civilly forfeit private homes found by law enforcement to “contain” illegal or unregistered guns.” Since most gun owners kept their guns in homes, gun-owners should be alert to proposed or passed “Federal or State forfeiture legalization” that mentions guns or weapons.

Comment by Chip Saunders
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 Yeah man,...what's with the date on this? I saw this and began cross-posting it on several gun forums before I realized it was a year old. Made me look like a major doofus.

Comment by Ross Wolf
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Without Semi-automatic Weapons, How Could Americans Resist Unconstitutional Actions of a Proposed Federal Police Stabilization Force?

A recently disclosed NGO Rand Corporation Report provided the U.S. Army appears to suggest a hybrid military “National Police Stabilization Force.” On its face the Rand report appears directed at protecting national security. But Citizens without semi-automatic weapons would be helpless to defend themselves against a tyrannical federal police rapid deployment Stabilization Force violating their Constitutional Rights. The suggested “National Police Stabilization Force” would appear to be controlled by the Feds and might incorporate in its ranks, local and state police.

In retrospect, Hitler created a “Civilian National Security Force”, the Gestapo the contraction of Geheime Staatspolizei for "Secret State Police." In 1934 the Gestapo was placed under SS leader Heinrich Himmler Chief of German Police. Then in 1939 all German Police agencies were put under the control of the "Reich Main Security Office” the equivalent of U.S. Homeland Security. You might want to read information about the Rand Report to determine if its suggestions mirror aspects of the Nazi consolidation of German local and federal law enforcement, including its Secret Police it put under its “Main Security Office.” The suggested "National Police Stabilization Force" could potentially be sent into any State, against the wishes of its Citizens? States need to have the power to refuse entry to potential Shock Troops. To better clarify the Rand Corporation report visit:

Comment by Nick Saorsa
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I'm as worried about this as anyone... but this story is from FEBRUARY 2009. Did I miss something?

Comment by Anonymous
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>>"I think closing the gun show loophole,...

What loopholes? 

>>...the banning of cop-killer bullets...

Just what is a cop-killer bullet?  And, how many cops have been with them?

>>....and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent,...

Possession and sale of assault weapons have been tightly regulated in the U.S. for decades, and private ownership requires a tax stamp from the BATF.   And, just how many such assault weapons have been used in crimes here or in Mexico?

Holder knows this but the b.s. continues.


Comment by Jet Lacey
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It makes you wonder if these guys are major stockholders in Colt, Kalashnikov, Fabrique Nationale, etc.  Nothing these guys do surprises me any more.