When you walk into a 'gun' shop to purchase a weapon on the rack there was no interstate commerce between you and the shop owner, yet you are subject to a back round check. Why not at a 'gun' show?
Law Enforcement, the Military and feds are already in a different category. The testimony of a cop outweighs the testimony of the citizen accused of the violation, illegal lane change, following too close, speeding.... The Military uses a wide variety of select/full auto weapons, destructive devices, cannons.... Fed LEO isn't any different than other LEOs. There is no second class citizen, strawman argument. IF a group of people are singled out but not others outside of LE, and military such as blacks, or Californians THEN ya might have something, but as most citizens don't hold commissions they are not the same as LEO.
But you answered my questions- if the Gubmint crosses your line 'SOMEONE' should do SOMETHING...
When Bush the Elder limited magazine size where was the 'outrage'?
The cops are not classified differently than anyone else but they are considered experts in such matters as traffic laws and it is that expertise that gives additional weight to their testimony, not their badge.
The 1994 AWB was a Clinton thing, not a Bush thing and there was a lot of outrage over it.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn
Nice attempted dodge on LEO, their expertise and badge both stem from the same place, far more extensive training and a COMMISSION. they are COMMISSIONED and if they ever have to surrender that commission THEN they are 'like us'. Their badge is a symbol of that COMMISSION.
As far as throwing this all on Clinton, it was Bush the Senior who used an Executive Order in 1989 to halt the importation of 19 named 'assault weapons'. he justified the ban as the weapons are not suited for hunting or target practice.
Read up on his 'Comprehensive Violent Crime Act of 1989' Under the inspired leadership of Bill Ruger,sr the president of Ruger Arms, the idea was to save 'guns' by restricting rifle mag cap to 15 and pistols to 10.
The 1989 bill is here - Comprehensive Violent Crime Control Act of 1989 (1989; 101st Congress H.R. 2709) - GovTrack.us. It died but was reintroduced in 1991 (Comprehensive Violent Crime Control Act of 1991 (1991; 102nd Congress H.R. 1400) - GovTrack.us) where it died. The text of the proposed legislation can be found here - Bill Text - 101st Congress (1989-1990) - THOMAS (Library of Congress) and in a brief read I sure don't see anything about banning magazines.
With regard to the police, the only power they have that private citizens do not is a full blown power to detain and arrest but even then that power is limited to probable cause and subject to judicial review.
A list of George Herbert Walker Bush's executive orders can be found here - Executive Orders Disposition Tables. If you would like to point out which one contained the ban I'll be happy to look at it but I checked out 1989 and didn't see anything that seemed to relate to what you are contending.
I am a gun owner. I am this kinda gun owner:
Then you got your gun nutters. (I suspect many of these Napoleon types also drive Corvettes and crotch rockets but I digress.)
Now, one thing most everybody agrees with is that an unstable mind and deadly weapons do not mix.
I have to wonder if the "nutter's" realize, while making the same argument regarding unstable people and guns, that THEY are the unstable people America is worried about?
I mean, look at the most outspoken nutters on TV, heck, even here on this forum. Is anyone, (other nutters notwithstanding,) comfortable knowing people like these are allowed to have guns? Much less mini-arsenals?
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
You keep using the word ban when the correct term is capacity restriction. Bush the Elder's bill didn't pass into law, as much as he and Bill Ruger tried and it became the framework for and helped paved the way for the AWB of 1994. (FYI the AWB passed with bi-partisan support, it wasn't just a Clinton EO, it was BOTH houses of Congress)
In regards to the PO-lice this isn't about 'power', this is about a group of professional men and women who train very hard to get a COMMISSION you lack. You keep denigrating that simple fact, where many conservatives ran out of the twin towers these dedicated men and women ran INTO the building. They get special stuff as you and your ilk complain constantly but truth is they have a much bigger job than simple home or self defense.
You can't even give a straight answer on what YOU would do if the Gubmint goes that extra inch, you damn sure won't chase down a serial killer.
Cops are different- get over it.