Here is the a quote from the text of the new AWB that is bothering me the most:
(a) In General.—Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after subsection (u) the following:
(v) (1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.
(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the possession, sale, or transfer of any semiautomatic assault weapon otherwise lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date of enactment of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022.
(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any firearm that—
(A) is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action, except for a shotgun described in section 921(a)(40)(G);
(B) has been rendered permanently inoperable;
(C) is an antique firearm, as defined in section 921 of this title; or
(D) is only capable of firing rimfire ammunition.
The same applies to magazines.
Granted, there is a so-called “grandfather clause” but it says that a weapon (or magazine) is only grandfathered to possess. If you wish to sell, transfer, or otherwise dispose of it, it is no longer grandfathered. Not only that, but it is a crime to have that weapon and not securely store it.
What is an assault weapon? Well, the bill defines it as:
A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine; and has any 1 of the following:
- Any grip, including thumbhole stocks, Thordsen-type grip or stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.
- A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock, or a stock that is otherwise foldable or adjustable in a manner that operates to reduce the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability, of the weapon
- a grenade launcher.
- a barrel shroud.
- a threaded barrel.
A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 15 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
Any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm but not convert the semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun. (Binary trigger, slide fire, and anything else they feel like adding)
Semiautomatic pistols that accept detachable magazines and have any 1 of the following:
- A threaded barrel
- A second pistol grip.
- A barrel shroud.
- The capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device at some location outside of the pistol grip.
- is semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. (So all Glocks, Skorpions, and any other PDW)
- manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when unloaded. (Desert Eagles)
- A buffer tube, stabilizing brace or similar component that protrudes horizontally behind the pistol grip. (All AR pistols)
A semiautomatic shotgun that has the capacity of more than than 5 rounds and has any 1 of the following:
- a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.
- a Any grip, including thumbhole stocks, Thordsen-type grip or stock, bird’s head grip, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.
- a forward grip.
- a grenade launcher.
All belt fed firearms.
Then it goes on to name a bunch of firearms by name. It looks like they went through a gun catalog and just listed all of the scary looking guns. All of the parts of those firearms, including their frames.
They called a CZ Scorpion an AK type firearm, for crying out loud. It also outlaws taping, clipping, or attaching magazines to each other.
With that being said, my read on this is that it has no chance of passing the Senate, and the Dems know it. They are merely trying to pass this bill so they can go back to their base and tell them that they tried.