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Government officials can still own assault weapons under Feinstein bill

“Not everyone is exempted from owning military-style assault weapons under new legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein,” the International Business Times reports:

Weapons used by government officials and law enforcement will not be prohibited by the law proposed by the California Democrat, which would prohibit the sale, manufacture and importation of 158 specifically named semi-automatic weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. [Emphasis added]

The article notes that more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles would also be exempt, which is good news for the president. Over the weekend, the commander-in-chief admitted during an interview with The New Republic that he has a fondness for skeet shooting. He added:

I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.

Accordingly, firearms designed to be used for sport will now presumably come with warning labels similar to the tags found on mattresses, alerting the sportsman that the weapon is not to be trained on, much less fired at, humans.

Note by the way that the president is exempted twice from Feinstein’s bill — as a “government official” he is also permitted to carry. It makes you think twice about the otherwise preposterous-sounding allegation that “the Obama administration is attempting to strip citizens of their weapons” in preparation for a coup similar to Hitler’s takeover of Germany.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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