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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bill Would Renew Federal Assault Weapons Ban

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

Robert Longley tells us something interesting concerning the activities of our highly "intelligent" and highly paid public "servants."

One bill to revive the assault weapons ban has already been introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D, New York, 4th). McCarthy's Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007, (H.R. 1022), would reenact the ban for ten years. Along with reinstating federal criminal penalties involving possession or transfer of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, H.R. 1022 would expand the definition of "semiautomatic assault weapon" to include semiautomatic-to-fully-automatic conversion kits and any semiautomatic rifle or pistol that accepts a detachable magazine and that has other characteristics of assault weapons, including telescoping stocks, threaded barrels and pistol grips.

We now find they are attempting to fix something that is designed to fail - the so-called assault-weapon ban that never, and still would not, ban much that is useful to criminals. However, it would ban some more of our hunting, plinking and defense weapons. BTW, did you know criminals are already banned from possessing weapons? The previous version of the "assault weapons" ban didn't seemed to stop them from practising their criminal activities, either.

Of course, how many of us believe that our law-makers intend to ban "assault weapons" only? The effect of this law, and its predecessor, is to further ban firearms in the hands of private citizens.

First of all, the ban does not affect very many assault weapons (already highly regulated) while it bans those that look like what the law's authors think assault weapons should look like.

Sheesh!
" . . . reinstating federal criminal penalties involving possession or transfer of assault weapons . . . "
True assault weapons are already highly regulated. Didn't I just say that?

" . . . and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices . . . "
WHO gets to define "high-capacity?" The last time, it was anything more than 10 rounds. What will it be this time? What happens when some lawyer/judge/legislator gets a bee up his/her bonnet & decides it's time to redefine "high-"capacity?

BTW, did you notice how a magazine is now an "ammunition feeding device?" That is so precious!
" . . . would expand the definition of "semiautomatic assault weapon" to include semiautomatic-to-fully-automatic conversion kits and any semiautomatic rifle or pistol that accepts a detachable magazine and that has other characteristics of assault weapons, including telescoping stocks, threaded barrels and pistol grips."

"Semiautomatic assault rifle or pistol" - here we have an oxymoron. There is just no such critter!

"Semi-automatic-to-fully-automatic conversion kits" are already highly regulated. Didn't I just say that?

" . . . accepts a detachable magazine . . . " Ever try to reload a revolver - in a hurry? I bet the author of this bill certainly hasn't! But then she has government protection any time she wants it! What about us? Oh! I forgot, I'll bet ya' police and military are exempted.

" . . . and that has other characteristics of assault weapons . . . "

The only true characteristic of an assault weapon this bill is already highly regulated by the Feds. Didn't I just say that?

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D, New York, 4th) is wasting tax-payers time and money on another feel-good bill.

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