Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Volokh Straightens Out Anti-Gun Lobby
The Volokh Conspiracy: "Many people have commented on some pro-gun-control speakers' tendency to claim — explicitly or implicitly — that the 'assault weapons' they seek to ban are machine guns (also known as fully automatic weapons, defined as guns that fire more than one round per trigger pull). That's not true, though it is a convenient way to turn the public against assault weapons. Civilians are already banned by federal law from possessing fully automatic weapons, except about 100,000 that are grandfathered in. All modern 'assault weapons' bans prohibit mostly semi-automatic weapons — normal guns that fire one round per trigger pull."

It's important to know that ending the assault weapon ban is not going to give people the ability to buy uzis.

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