Gun ban said to include handguns, shotguns

Thursday, January 24, 2013
By Paul Martin

UPI.com
Jan. 24, 2013

A retooled U.S. assault-weapons ban to be introduced Thursday was to include handguns and shotguns in addition to rifles, The Washington Times reported.

The bill, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., titled “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013,” was also expected to decrease the number of military-style features a gun may have before it’s considered an assault weapon to one from two, the newspaper said.

An assault weapon is typically a semiautomatic firearm having features similar to those of a military firearm. Military-style features include pistol grips, flash suppressors, bayonet lugs or grenade launchers.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a ban similar to Feinstein’s proposed ban last week.

National Rifle Association President David Keene said Wednesday New York’s bolstered ban on assault weapons was likely unconstitutional and his organization planned to file a “notice of claim” against the state — the first step toward a possible lawsuit.

“A so-called assault-weapons ban in today’s world is probably unconstitutional,” Keene told radio station WGDJ, Rensselaer, N.Y., citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in District of Columbia vs. Heller, which he said prevents the government from banning “commonly used firearms.”

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