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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I researched this a little and was surprised to learn it wasn't President Clinton's 1994 assault weapons ban (expired in '04) that banned automatic weapons. It was a law from 1986 that's still in effect. In short, you can own a so-called assault rifle like an AR-15 or an AK-47, but it has to be semi-automatic. You can still own an automatic one if you can find a grandfathered pre 1986 one, but it will be extremely expensive. In other words, if you're rich, there's no problem in owning a fully automatic assault rifle. If you're poor, you can either settle for semi-automatic or get a conversion kit to convert it to automatic (illegally in almost all cases) and risk getting in big trouble.

    I'm wondering if it would just make more sense to allow law-abiding citizens to own fully automatic rifles like the AR-15. Seems like the same people who own a semi auto one without committing murder will be just as responsible with a fully automatic one. Then again, I'm not a gun owner myself and have just started to research this. In any event, vote your opinion. Should the 2nd Amendment give you the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle? Are you for overturning the 1986 ban?
    I don't agree with the restrictions on automatic weapons that came with the 1986 law, but it did have some good things in it:

    • Opens up interstate sales of long guns, within some limitations. In-person sales can only be to residents of an adjacent state. Other sales must go through an FFL transfer.
    • Allows interstate transport of firearms, provided no local laws are broken in the process.
    • Makes it illegal for anyone to transfer a firearm to a prohibited person. Previously, it was only illegal for dealers to do this.
    • Provides any prohibited persons can get relief of their disability by applying to the Treasury Secretary. This has been repealed in practice by the program being specifically unfunded in the federal budget.
    • It prevents the government from creating a list of gun owners from dealer records.
    • Limits the number of inspections on a dealer by the BATF without a search warrant.
    • Allows FFL holders to engage in business away from their normal business location. I.E. at a gun show.
    • Allows ammunition shipments through the US Postal Service.
    • Ended record keeping on ammunition sales, except for armor piercing or prohibited ammunition such as explosive.
    • Eliminates the FFL requirement for ammunition only dealers.
    • Specifically states that those disposing of personal firearm collections do not need an FFL.
    • To get an FFL, firearms do not have to be a principle business activity.


    Prevent Tyranny - Right to Bear Arms - 1986 - Firearm Owners Protection Act

    ---The 1994 law was much worse, and I am glad it had an expiration date. It restricted a lot of semi-auto weapons. More on that one here:

    Prevent Tyranny - Right to Bear Arms - 1994 - Assault Weapons Ban

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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Automatic Weapons should be allowed the same as any other arm.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    If you want to take a full auto out to the range, better bring you folding money, because it will
    cost a lot. In bulk I think .223 is about 30 cents each, so $9.00 per mag. This could add up fast.
    As far as legal, I think it should be allowed, but the legal bump stocks are almost as good.
    For those who have not seen one, the video below shows it is almost indistinguishable from full auto.
    Incredible Bump Fire! - YouTube

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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    In a single word.... YES. These people have proven that they cannot be trusted by the general public to follow the rules. Just like someone who has been convicted of marijuana possession.
    Yes bu i think that marijuana should be legal too. But you might have a point they may eat their guns.
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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    Yes bu i think that marijuana should be legal too. But you might have a point they may eat their guns.
    well they definately wouldn't suffer from any iron deficiency after that
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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    No reason to ban newer full auto weapons, they would be regulated through Class-III. Now the NEED for a full auto weapon is moot. Who needs a 400 hp car or a bottle of booze with gold flakes in it? I have no need for one but that doesn't mean they can't release more to the general public. (I imagine some owners of the current full auto weapons would be pissed, their weapons would lose half their 'value' if more weapons came on the market.)

    Anywho, every so often I fire an LE full auto, reminds me of the day. Now most full autos have a selector switch, you don't have to rock and roll, infact even the old M60 could be fired single shot with a little practice.

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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Not to bump an old thread, but this seems pretty relevant again.

    I voted Yes. It's not like full autos are even better than semi autos for mass shootings anyways. See the North Hollywood Shootout. They had full autos and didn't even kill anyone. There's no point in restricting them.

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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Why would you want a full auto AR?
    I would want a 3rnd burst Armalite, which is also banned under the Hughes Amendment.

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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I researched this a little and was surprised to learn it wasn't President Clinton's 1994 assault weapons ban (expired in '04) that banned automatic weapons. It was a law from 1986 that's still in effect. In short, you can own a so-called assault rifle like an AR-15 or an AK-47, but it has to be semi-automatic. You can still own an automatic one if you can find a grandfathered pre 1986 one, but it will be extremely expensive. In other words, if you're rich, there's no problem in owning a fully automatic assault rifle. If you're poor, you can either settle for semi-automatic or get a conversion kit to convert it to automatic (illegally in almost all cases) and risk getting in big trouble.

    I'm wondering if it would just make more sense to allow law-abiding citizens to own fully automatic rifles like the AR-15. Seems like the same people who own a semi auto one without committing murder will be just as responsible with a fully automatic one. Then again, I'm not a gun owner myself and have just started to research this. In any event, vote your opinion. Should the 2nd Amendment give you the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle? Are you for overturning the 1986 ban?
    Repeal the 1986 Hughes Amendment to the Firearms Owners' Protection Act so responsible citizens can own modern assault rifles and machine guns.


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    Re: Should we overturn the 1986 automatic weapons ban?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    You think someone with a DUI or public intox conviction should be banned from gun ownership?
    The DUI conviction itself should be a felony, which would bar gun ownership by default, no special law required.

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