i don't need an AR-15 for deer hunting, a flash suppressor, folding stocks,
So just because you have no use for them, you don't see a reason for anyone to be able to own one?
I don't have any use for a blue tooth hands free earpeice. I know a bunch of people have them, use them, and enjoy them...but I don't care for them. So I think they should be banned.
The bill bans, by name, the manufacture of 19 different weapons:
Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (all models);
Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil;
Beretta Ar70 (SC-70);
Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC;
SWD M-10; M-11; M-11/9, and M-12;
INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9, AND TEC-22;
revolving cylinder shotguns such as (or similar to) the Street Sweeper and Striker 12.
The bill also bans "copies" or "duplicates" of any of those weapons. The failure to include a ban of these "copies" or "duplicates" would have opened the door for widespread evasion of the ban. Even so, some unscrupulous gun manufacturers have tried to evade the law by making minor changes to their assault weapons in order to skirt the restrictions.
None of these 'assault weapons' fire some special evil magic bullet that homes in on cops, kids, and good law abiding citizens...the last time I checked they used the same cartridge as many 'hunting'/'sporting' firearms. So what makes them different? Oh, they look evil and menacing...so we HAVE to ban them. Oh...they hold more rounds than 'hunting' rifles too....OH NO!!!! Someone forgot to tell the libs that some 'hunting rifles' also have expanded capacity aftermarket magazines. BAN THEM!!!!
SAVE THE CHILDREN!!!!!
I, like many level headed intelligent law-abiding citizens, take issue with the 1994 ban.
Folding/telescoping stock: Folding stocks usually weigh less, and are much easier to carry. They also provide different shooting styles to be enjoyed without feeling clumsy or awkward. Telescoping stocks, I use them on my AR to adjust lop, my friends like a different lop than I do, they help with gun fit.
Protruding pistol grip: Fuzzy and ambiguous wording at best. Pistol grips provide far greater control with a better grip on the firearm. Who doesn't want a better grip that offers more control?
Bayonet mount: I don't use bayonets, but I'm not going to tell joe schmoe that he shouldn't be able to have one if he wishes to own one. Check that...I think we should ban them...what with all of the rampant bayonettings in the news lately.
Threaded muzzle or flash suppressor: I use a flash suppressor on my ar. The recoil is light, but the muzzle flash is distracting through the scope. I use one to remove that annoyance, and compensators help counter what little muzzle climb is there. I like that when I'm out shooting prairie dogs and want to pick up another dog after my initial shot.
Grenade launcher: Now this one is silly. You can't even get grenades unless you are in the service or are going through illegal channels. So who cares if you have a tube on the gun for looks?
Magazine outside grip: Because we ALL love reloading more often when we go to the range....right?
Threaded muzzle: I assume this was to stop people from using silencers...which are illegal unless you have a class 3...this is more glut in the law...enforce the law that is already in place....not stack more manure on the pile.
Barrel shroud: Because we all like being burned by a hot barrel we have just been shooting through...right? Also, who would ever want to have better control over a legal pistol while shooting...oh...everyone...my bad
Unloaded weight of 50 ounces or more: Because big huge pistols are so easy to conceal...right...oh wait. Oh, it's because they are usually more powerful and LOOK MEAN. Just ask Dirty Harry! If you want to carry a d-eagle or a python as your c/c, have fun with that. I'll be carrying my 24/7 in .40 thankyouverymuch.
Semi-automatic version of a fully automatic weapon: Once again...it looks mean. Ignore the fact that it shoots the exact same caliber of bullet that hundreds of similar non-auto-looking pistols fire.
Folding/telescoping stock: see above point about lop. In addition, who wants a shotgun for home defense that is easy to maneuver in tight spaces? oh...everyone again, huh?
Protruding pistol grip: Again, who wants to control their firearm better? Any of you guys turkey/deer hunt with a shotty?
Detachable magazine capacity: who cares if it's 3 or 30 rounds...we're banning them ALL DAMMIT!
Fixed magazine capacity greater than 5 rounds: Because stopping and reloading more often is more fun, right? And never mind the fact that more rounds in a home defense situation is better.
Look, I'm not knocking no-bamma or billary for personal reasons. I believe they are completely ignorant to the actual good reasons for these design features. The media points out THIS is what a BAD GUN looks like. SEE HOW IT LOOKS EVIL... JUST LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN THE HANDS OF MURDERERS AND TERRORISTS!!!!!! BAN THEM!!! In all honesty, a large percentage of crimes are committed with stolen/illegal weapons. Moreover, most of these illegal guns used in illegal activities are pistols...namely revolvers. Just remember, laws do not stop lawless people.
I can not vote for someone who wants more gun control laws on the books. Enforce the ones already there and leave the good law abiding citizens to themselves.
Socialized health care, the Iraq war, and other issues will have to wait for another post. I'm done ranting for now.
If it hops, it drops. If it flies, it dies.