Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who once said that she’d like to ban all guns, may have introduced legislation last week that would bring back Assault Weapons Ban, but that isn’t stopping the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from seeking to purchase several thousand of these types of firearms for “personal defense”:
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.
Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.
The RFP describes the firearm as “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”
Legislation introduced last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) would ban high-capacity magazines, limiting them to 10-rounds. Democrats likely know that the Assault Weapons Ban is going to stall in Congress and are putting more emphasis on the stricter background checks and banning high-capacity magazines.
While its understandable the law enforcement officials may need to use high-powered weapons to do their jobs, law-abiding Americans are being told that they can’t be trusted with these sorts of weapons. Nevermind that taking them away will do nothing to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook from happening again because, after all, criminals and murderers don’t obey laws.