Feinstein Introduces Bill to Ban 205 ‘Assault Weapons’

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons,” supposedly in response to a mass shooting in California, despite the fact that the bill would not have prevented that particular shooting.

The legislation, introduced on Monday, would ban “205 military-style assault weapons by name” and prohibit the transfer of “high capacity” magazines.

Feinstein claimed that the Monterey Park shooting on January 21, 2023, prompted her to reintroduce the “assault weapons” ban.

“We were tragically reminded this weekend of the deadly nature of assault weapons when a shooter used one to kill 11 people and injure 9 more at a Lunar New Year celebration in California,” the Democrat senator said.

Meanwhile, the details of the Monterey Park shooting make it clear that Feinstein’s legislation doesn’t actually help, as it would not have prevented the suspected gunman from possessing the firearm used in the attack.

In addition to the ban on the “sale, manufacture, transfer and importation” of 205 specific firearms, the Democrat senator’s legislation also requires “a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the bill.”

This provision would apply to guns that are grandfathered in, should the bill become law.

Feinstein’s legislation also contains an addendum that would prohibit “the sale of assault weapons to individuals under 21.”

The Monterey Park shooting, which Feinstein cited as the impetus behind her legislation, resulted in the deaths of 10 people, while 10 others were injured.

The suspect, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, a Chinese immigrant, was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Capt. Andrew Meyer, the shooting occurred at 10:22 p.m. on the eve of the Lunar New Year at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, which was mostly frequented by Asians in San Gabriel Valley. Monterey Park is roughly 7 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

There was also a second mass shooting in California, this time in Half Moon Bay, where the attacker was 67 years old.