In regard to the fate of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show: Good. I think that would make a good example for letters and phone calls to our Congress Critters. Dear politicians: the decision of the organizers of that show to exclude MSRs led to such a tremendous backlash and boycott—with literally hundreds of exhibitors pulling out—that the entire show was functionally canceled. How would you like that level of passion being directed against you in your next reelection effort? You can count on it if you vote for bans or restrictions.
I finally managed to get the text of Feinstein’s bill. It’s provisions have been mostly discussed in the media already, for example, a one-characteristic test for evil “assault weapon” status and a ban on magazines over 10 rounds. There are a couple more provisions that give me pause. First, a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” includes “a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, including any such device joined or coupled with another in any manner, that has an overall capacity of, or that can be readily restored, changed, or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.” That means that if you use duct tape to tape together two 10-round magazines, you’ve created an illegal magazine. Second, the definition for “pistol grip” has been expanded to the point where it could theoretically ban every gun in existence: “The term ‘pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumb-hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” If anything that can function as a grip is a pistol grip, then it appears to me that any gun that includes some means to actually hold onto the damn thing must have a pistol grip (and therefore be an assault weapon).