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Old January 10, 2013, 12:41 PM   #94
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AR 15 type guns & magazines will go the way of machine guns. They will be classified as NFA, with no new production for civilians.
That would be pretty far fetched, not only in how unlikely it would be to ban "AR 15 type" rifles politically/legislatively, but in that it is impractical. First off, you have to define what defines an "AR15 type" rifle. It would work about as well as the definition of "assault weapon" did in 1994-2004. Here is the description:

Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
-Folding or telescoping stock
-Pistol grip
-Bayonet mount
-Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
Grenade launcher (more precisely, a muzzle device that enables launching or firing rifle grenades, though this applies only to muzzle mounted grenade launchers and not those mounted externally).

Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
-Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
-Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
-Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
-Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
-A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm.

Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following:
-Folding or telescoping stock
-Pistol grip
-Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
-Detachable magazine.
The definition is laughable, because the characteristics do not really alter the way the rifle functions in a meaningful way. It's even funnier, because these characteristics are what are required to distinguish an "assault rifle" from a... I guess a "non-assault rifle" (lol). Gun manufacturers just altered their products cosmetically to get around the definition. Short of banning all semi-auto rifles, banning "AR15 type" rifles isn't really possible. Functionally, the AR15 or semi-auto AK47 aren't different from any other semi-auto rifle. They all do the same thing. And, by the way, the antis know this. You can be sure someone explained this to Joe Biden.

This is why I doubt this administration is going to try to reinstate a ban on "Assault Weapons".

I think the focus of any proposed legislation is going to be on high cap mags, mental health and the outside chance of a gun/ammo registry.
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