Feinstein may be clueless about the content of her ban. However, the picture book story isn’t about her. It’s about the drafting of the California state AW ban, after the Stockton murders.
The drafters did indeed look at a picture book (Gun Digest, I think) and just pick out guns based on appearance.
That’s why California (and copycat jurisdictions like Denver) banned the “Encom CM-55,” which doesn’t exist. The CM-55 was made by another company, but the words “Encom” and “CM-55” appeared on the same page, and so the stupid drafters thought they referred to a single gun.
It’s also how they banned the non-existent “H-93” rifle — because Gun Digest had a typo “H” instead of “HK” which the California legislature blindly copied.
I had heard that, but always figured it was just a story. They actually did go through the magazine and pick out scary looking guns? Unbelievable.