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Thread: HR 5087: The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

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    HR 5087: The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

    I hadn't seen another thread discussing this bill. I am curious to hear people's opinions on the bill. Does it go to far? Does it not go far enough? Is it a good start? Is it a waste of time? And, and this is the $64,000 question, will it reduce gun violence in meaningful way?

    Personally, I am concerned that nearly every semiautomatic firearm would be potentially considered an assault weapon under the definition proposed. Also, it is clear that the definition is based off of primarily cosmetic features that have nothing to do with the function of the firearm. Case in point, the Ruger Mini 14 is both banned and not banned based on the configuration of the furniture, rather than the function of the weapon.

    Additionally, I feel since that all existing "assault weapons" will be grandfathered, it will have little effect. Furthermore, since it will be difficult, if not outright illegal, to sell a grandfathered weapon, I think there is potential there to push otherwise law-abiding citizens into being party to illegal sales as the value of these weapons will increase and if a person gets desperate enough, they may take the easy way and take the cash, no questions asked.

    I could go further, detailing why each one of the features listed is ridiculous, but I'd like to hear other people's thoughts.
    Last edited by Emilander; 04-13-2018 at 05:33 AM.

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