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I can't believe it.

A sensible AWB article on a DemocRAT web site.

http://www.sedaliademocrat.com/304722731370904.htm


Heave-ho assault weapons ban law


A ban on certain types of weapons styled as "assault weapons" is set to expire Monday (Sept. 13). A few politicians and gun-control fans are shedding crocodile tears, but ordinary Americans should save their tears.

Just as the ban had little or no impact on crime or violence, the reintroduction of these guns into the marketplace will have little impact except to restore a tiny semblance of personal freedom.

How did all this come about? Back in 1994, in the early years of the Clinton administration, the administration and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress though it would be popular to ban certain semiautomatic weapons that had cosmetic features that made them look "more military." So they outlawed 19 models of semiautomatic rifles.

They miscalculated. Outrage from gun owners was a significant factor in Republicans attaining congressional majorities in the 1994 election. President Clinton himself estimated that the "assault weapons" ban cost 20 members of Congress their seats.

It is important to remember that the ban was based on strictly cosmetic appearances. Ownership of fully automatic machine guns by private citizens was outlawed already and still is.

The guns outlawed in 1994 were no more powerful than semiautomatic deer rifles, nor did they function differently. They were not the choice of criminals, who preferred and prefer either concealable handguns or illegal automatic weapons. Surveys of weapons seized during arrests in California, for example, found these cosmetic "assault weapons" were used in about 2 percent of crimes.

Fortunately, the 1994 law called for the ban to remain in effect for 10 years unless Congress voted to renew it. Congress has decided not to do so.

Gun control advocates can commission or cite polls showing Americans in general would prefer that these guns be banned. But members of Congress know they're more likely to face opposition if they vote to renew the ban. Most of them have chosen to represent their home districts rather than the national intelligentsia on this issue.

That's fine. The "assault weapons" ban, like the "assault weapons" label, was a fraud from the beginning. Good riddance.

--Orange County Register
 

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Interesting article.... read here in the paper today that the 1989 law still applies towards the foriegn assault weapons though , meaning no importation of AK's as of yet , guess we'll have to hold on alittle longer as see if they repeal that law too .....
when chatting around with the average joe on the street they think that this assault weapon law was for all the fully auto weapons that have been around for years , not knowing that your average gun person does not / could not have really any access to anything fully auto unless they are a Class 3 rated dealer ....most of the public is totally un-educated in the whole matter and believe only what they see/hear on the news .... kinda like half a story at times
 

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Actually machine guns were not banned in 1933. A $200 transfer tax was put on them and you had to register them. At the time it was alot of money now its nothing compared to the cost of a transferable MG today. In 1986 the manufacture of FA weapons for sale to citizens was banned. Private individuals can now only buy transeferable MG's made or registered before the 1986 ban. You do not have to be a manufacturer or a class 3 to own a MG unless its a post 86 sample. You only have to live in a state that allows you to own them. Pay the transfer tax of $200, get your Chief LEO to sign off on the ATF forums, pass the back ground check, and pay for the gun and a MG is yours.
 

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kinda sounds like jumping thru hoops ... I don't really need anything FA ...I was always taught quality not quantity is the best route ... but the normal public doesn't really discern from FAMG's or AW's ,they just listen to what the news has to say about them and draw the same conclusion as the news has ...they're all bad for anybody
 
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