Maybe California's right
Maybe it's right when it says that that some Californians can't be trusted with assault rifles.
Sheesh. Leaving a loaded rifle unattended on an elementary school playground.
an interesting find
At the Clinton Presidential Library, I made an interesting find. It's a long pdf, but go to pdf page 23, paragraph 13. It is a draft affidavit for the then-ATF director. The rest of the file is devoted to a Clinton-era proposal to respond to those who continued to manufacture "assault firearms" by deleting banned features: the proposal would have used executive powers over imports, to ban their importation, and to suspend import permits that had been issued. The affidavit was probably for use against a court challenge to this, and it's faxed from the ATF General Counsel's Office.
Paragraph 13 would have read "[?? Immediate action with respect to the importation of the sporterized versions of semiautomatic assault-type rifles is necessary since these weapons may be used in crime and are a threat to public safety. [CRIME USE EXAMPLES??]"
The next document in the pdf is a court decision upholding a suspension of imports.
On pdf page 72 is a memo to Elena Kagan and Rahm Emmanuel. The author says that there's a difference between this situation and when Bush I banned some imports. Back then "more than a million assault rifles had been approved for import, and many were recovered at crime scenes." Now, "With respect to the Uzi, not a one has come in..."
Next to it is written in "ATF cannot find examples & this paragraph will be deleted."
The affidavit is, incidentally, dated in October 1997, three years after the "ban" went into effect and the "sporterized" guns started being made.
Feinstein's "assault weapon ban" and exceptions
Under her ban, retired LEOs would be allowed to purchase AWs. A perfectly decent non-LEO would be unable to buy one, but this fellow would be able to. As a friend pointed out, when an LEO becomes too mentally unstable to serve, he's given a disability retirement.
Colorado bans semiauto and pump shotguns
Story here. Legislation commonly has botch-ups, but when the emphasis is on passing it hastily, before people return to thinking clearly, the odds begin to approach certainty.
Mother Jones and AW bans
"How Mother Jones makes my case against the assault weapons ban". Interesting data.
DHS advertises for AR-15s, calling them "Personal Defense Weapons"
DHS is inviting sales offers for 7,000 5.56 mm rifles, with 30 round magazines, calling them "personal defense weapons" rather than "assault rifles." Oh, and they must have folding stock, flash suppressors, and be select fire. (See Section C of the proposal).
Hat tip to reader David McCleary ...