A new assault weapons ban proposed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history, reports the Associated Press. One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering.
The gun that would be protected from the ban has fixed physical features and can’t be folded to be more compact. The two firearms are equally deadly. “What a joke,” said former FBI agent John Hanlon, who survived the 1986 shootout in Miami. He was shot in the head, hand, groin and hip with a Ruger Mini-14 that had a folding stock. Two FBI agents died and five others were wounded. Feinstein’s bill would ban 157 specific firearms designed for military and law enforcement use and exempt others made for hunting. There are firearms that would be protected under Feinstein’s bill that can take large capacity magazines like the ones used in mass shootings that enable a gunman to fire dozens of rounds of ammunition without reloading. Feinstein said the list of more than 2,200 exempted firearms was designed to “make crystal clear” that the bill would not affect hunting and sporting weapons.