While this initially sounds good I wonder if we would have been better off if the AWB proposals were left in the bill. Without it I think the main thing left is the ban on magazine capacity and this could make it much easier for some Senators to vote for those restrictions. They can now say they voted for “reasonable restrictions” without denying anyone the right to own a specific firearm.
Also, from a purely strategic standpoint restricting magazine capacity of rifles to ten rounds would significantly impact their popularity which might make them easier to ban down the road.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman