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HKFullAuto
June 14, 1999, 04:09 PM
How do you feel about the US government eventually outlawing automatic weapons for civilians? Do you think it will happen? Do you think we can do anything o stop it? If Automatic Weapons are outlawed only the people that legally own them are going to be hurt, because they are the ones that have liscenced their weapons.

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ctdonath
June 15, 1999, 12:10 PM
They essentially have. They can't blatantly ban them for various legal reasons, but there are other methods. By banning the civilian purchase of new weapons, and by requiring tight registration, they've made the supply strictly limited. The prices are now far above what the items are actually worth, and what's left will either be hoarded or gradually wear out, reducing the number available. The "CLEO signoff" requirement is being abused to reduce the ability to transfer them. By strictly registering owners, the few who are allowed to own are clearly identified (easy confiscation later) or face 10 year prison terms. Few people are even aware that it's possible to own them legally.

It's similar to guns in Japan: yeah, they're technically legal, but effectively they're gone.

cornered rat
June 15, 1999, 04:18 PM
Or -- similar to AKSUs in the hands of Russian tough guys -- illegal as hell, but whatcha you pissant cop with your Makarov gonna do about it!?

Trouble is, automatic weapons require skill to be effective, so taking one from the enemy doesn't guarantee having firepower. Those of you who have M16/MP5/military weapons, teach others to use them...just in case.

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