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"H.R. 1022: To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by E.L., Feb 18, 2007.

  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    This really makes me nervous. I don't know about you folks, but I am going to be doing a little extra "stocking up" just in case. I think Bill Clinton sold more firearms than any man alive or dead, if nothing else this is a good excuse.


    February 14, 2007

    Guns > "H.R. 1022: To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for other purposes"

    H.R. 1022 has been introduced in committee.
    From The High Road, where there's lots of discussion and political fingerpointing. Examples:
    "Well, all you folks who voted for anyone but a republican now know what the next 2-10 years are going to be like. Maybe longer."
    Which was countered by:
    "Plus, even if it does pass, all you good Republicans have nothing to worry about because your President will veto it, right? Remember, you guys all said Bush was just playing politics when he said he would sign a new AWB. You guys don't think you are wrong now, do you? Do you?"
    Yep. Bush said in the 2004 election that he would sign the AWB renewal if it came across his desk. At the time, he was confident of a Republican Congress keeping that from happening. What could possiblie go wrong? The 2006 elections went wrong, Democrats now control both houses of Congress, and Bush's words are coming back to haunt gunowners.
    Still, Bush and a Republican Congress were very good for gunowners. The AWB was allowed to expire in 2004, and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms act protects gun companies from frivolous lawsuits that were threatening to destroy them.
    This renewal probably won't go through, but another one might after the next election. This is exactly why I'm only buying semi-autos between now and the end of 2008. Just in case. If anything is banned it will be semi-automatics. And if they aren't banned outright they will be regulated - as in the 1994 AWB - with regards to magazine capacities of more than 10 rounds and "evil" features like collapsible/folding stocks and flash hiders.
    LATER: In comments, Heartless Libertarian suggests .50 BMG rifles as something even more likely to be banned. SayUncle suggests buying suppressors while you still can. Kim du Toit is considering selling his non-semi-autos to fund semi-autos. All of those things have crossed my mind, too.
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