Assault Weapons Ban 2.0 is on its way in


Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the Obama administration will be reintroducing the “Assault” Weapons Ban. ABC reports:

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to re institute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

No surprises.

UPDATE:

From The Hill (Link from Tom and SayUncle):

Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban. But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her. The Speaker gave a flat “no” when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.

“On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “I think it’s clear the Bush administration didn’t do that.”

Do you believe that? I think the attorney general tipped his hand it a bit early.

Hat Tip: Sensibly Progressive in Politically Correct America


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  • War Wolf

    As if prices weren’t bad enough, now this. :(

  • http://gunnoob.blogspot.com/ Mike

    That’s exactly why I just got my first gun, and it’s an AR-15. I’ve always wanted one and figured now was the best time. I’m loving it by the way!

  • Don

    Maybe it’s a ploy to get money back into the economy? I’ll probably drop a few grand if they make any progress on a new ban.

    -Don

  • Tom

    Regarding Holder, this is why gun owners were so avidly against having him confirmed. He’s up there with the Bradys when it comes to disarming the public.

    Regarding Pelosi, damage control. I’d agree with her if it wasn’t so obvious she’s trying to sweep Holder’s outburst under the rug.

    No more blanket bans folks. The firearms industry has seen more growth and prosperity in the past year than any other major industry, by far. The last thing we need is a bunch of paper pushers banning things they know nothing about. Bah, bureaucrats.

  • Brandon

    i’ve put 2 grand into weapons so far. have always wanted to collect weapons but it had been put on the back burner until obama’s election. i bought my first pistol the saturday after terrible tuesday. i now have 2 pistols, and 3 long guns. i have a few more pistols in my sights and 3 more long guns to nab before mr president decides he likes the title mine fuhrer better.

    what i find saddest of all is that the unnatural hate people have for bush is the cause of our woes. he wasn’t perfect but for god’s sake he wasn’t the devil. the man we elected now is mascarading as our savior, our savior from what? freedom?

    i’ve read other places where gun loving people have voted for obama. how could they be so naive? of all the presidents we have ever had obama is the one who may very well be able to swing us to socialism and set the presidency down a path of totalitarianism under the guise of civil rights, global warming, and save the children. i pray this never comes close to happening in my grandchildren’s-grandchildren’s life time, but i’ve never prayed like i’ve been praying since november.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Brandon, I am pleased you have join us collecting guns! I think many others have brought their first gun since the election.

  • Sean Nack

    i happen to be a gun-loving democrat who was so “naive” as to vote for obama, mostly because i think there’re more important issues right now than gun control, but those (along with your allusions to totalitarianism, socialism, and hitler, which i can’t even wrap my mind around) aren’t under the purview of this blog, so i’ll save my thoughts on those for more appropriate places.

    it’s my…fingers-crossed belief, i’ll use that term, that congress is going to prioritize, and not try to alienate our fellow americans in the right-wing this early in the game by going after an awb in ’09, or even, if you really think about it, in his first term. as close as the election was and will be, it’s just not that great an idea just now. will it happen eventually? sure, and i think that that’s too bad for the law-abiding folks in this country. but it’s not the end of america as we know it, it’s not even the end of the second amendment. once another republican president comes in, the ban will go away again. it’s just politics.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Sean, I would never vote for someone against gun rights, not ever. Looks at the most of the rest of the world, they lost their access to guns, and may never get them back.

      [ I think many of you will disagree with Sean, but the comment policy still stands, you can strongly disagree and passionately argue your point, but be polite about it. ]

  • Sean Nack

    to clarify, because folks might misunderstand:

    i’m not saying “that’s too bad” like “hush, whiny babies”. i’m saying that’s too bad like “that’s a travesty for law-abiding american people.” i’m totally, completely anti-awb. i’m just saying we can talk about it without going into hysterics.

  • James

    I’m all done to have a handgun, a rifle and maybe even a shotgun, for hunting or home protection, but who will ever need an assault weapon, AK47? Ill tell you who, gangs. It’s not taking your right to protect yourself, but taking the privilege or accessibility of gangs and other organized crime to hurt civilians. First thought I get is Columbine! Yes some may add that the assault weapon ban was in place when this happened, but how did they get the guns, someone, somewhere had to get it legally at some point and had it for some time, before selling it. As for using that to defend your home, a handgun with some training should suffice, having an assault weapon can increase the chances that your defend yourself but a stray bullet may hit someone else, as it is human nature when using these guns in a heated situation to just hold the trigger thrown and shoot in the direction of the assailant.

  • http://calivc.com/forums/Solarforce-A-great-compact-and-light-weight-light-for-night-tim-t7211.html Heath

    James, banning anything here in the US is pointless and doesn’t work. How many decades have drugs (non-prescription kind) been against the law to have in one possession? Drug lords make billions of dollars selling drugs in the US every year. Where there is a demand for an item the black market will fill that need for a cost.

    I’d also like to address your “who needs an Assault Weapon” comment. How many hundreds of thousands of ARs, AKs, SKSs and other auto loaders are sold in the US and never used in a crime? More people are killed by cars than firearms each year in the US.

    You’ll have to excuse me here, but I believe your last sentence on home defense is based upon emotion and no practical knowledge on the matter. My AR’s are NOT full auto, as is the case for the vast majority of us, and holding down the trigger would only result in one shot being fired.

  • XxleoxX

    complete b*llsh*t

  • mark

    If you actually do the research and look up the Mortality rate statistics instead of just regurgitating what you see on TV, you’ll find that firearm related deaths account for only 10% of injury deaths.

    2005
    Unintentional Poisoning – 23,618 deaths
    Unintentional Firearm – 789 deaths

    Go look up the data for yourself.
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

    If you can’t do the research and see that this is an obvious grab for power by the GOV then you are a fool and you’re destroying America.

  • Robert

    Knew this was coming, which is why over the last year and a half I have tried to purchase parts, lowers and uppers as I can afford them.

    I did my time in the USMC and now work “seasonal” (lol) for Triple Canopy. The reason I spent all of this money was because as a private contractor (and contrary to popular belief) I buy and outfit my ownself, so because of another country’s problems my ability to work has been possibly infringed………..will I be able to declare worker’s comp and well-fare because an AWB put inabled me as a private citizen to legally purchase the tools I need to work……just a thought……BTW I don’t have my CIII cause honestly don’t need it and my current carry is a Sabre Defense SPR 6.5 Grendel.

    On another note every single dictator whether far right or far left (both sides taken so not to show bias) has made the right for their citizens to bear arms ILLEGAL, makes it easier to do as you please when you know the average person can’t stop you.

  • larry

    This whole ban thing sux….for some reason Idk why but I all
    Of a sudden I wanted an AR but to only find out that they are all over priced and nearly impossible to come across….I purchased an XD .45 which was an awesome gun especially because it was my first, at that point I guess I had entered the world of the “gun owner” lol, and this whole ban just really blows, hopefully it won’t go down. I don’t see the point of it because it really won’t change anything, because people will find a way to get those weapons and god forbid but probably at all means possible

  • http://stcloudlawfirm.co Attorney Wilbur Salvia

    You bring up a very thought provoking point. I hadn’t considered that before. Nice point!

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    James, please look up what assault rifle means legally. You cannot easily purchase them and after you go through all the expense and federal approval, you then have to pay a small fortune for the privilege of owning a true machine gun such as an AK-47.