I see many people these days, whether they be Democrat, Republican, libertarian or what-have-you, speak in favor of a renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB).
I believe the reason is, they think it outlaws military-grade weapons such as machine guns and assault rifles, and if that were the case, I would wholeheartedly agree with them.
However, such weapons were outlawed 37 years ago in the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which banned the sale or transfer of any fully automatic weapon not registered before it came into effect.
The AWB initially outlawed certain semiautomatic firearms, guns that only fire once per trigger pull.
These certain guns included weapons that resembled military-style firearms but had the same functionality as a hunting rifle.
So before you quickly jump to conclusions, please do your research. “Assault weapons” are just semiautomatic rifles like ones that have existed since the early 1900s, and automatic machine guns are already outlawed.
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