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  •  The 1994 assault weapons ban was unpopular (3+ / 0-)

    with gun owners (as I understand it) because it banned guns that had certain features .. and those seemed pretty arbitrary, and not always related to how lethal these guns are. I'm not a gun fan in any way, don't own any. But I think the technicalities matter, and if laws are enacted they have to be related clearly to a public danger posed by certain weapons. Plus in the US we are handicapped in any such effort by the huge number of guns in circulation. You can ban new sales but that's a bit late because so many guns are in private hands already.

    •  You're very close. (3+ / 0-)

      It did not ban the ownership of any guns -- only the manufacture or import of certain firearms with certain cosmetic features which are strictly cosmetic and have no bearing whatsoever on the deadliness of a gun.

      And even with that, already existing guns were not impacted by this law -- except to make them more expensive, I guess.

      Basically, a lot of gun owners thought it should be, more accurately, called the "ban of manufacture or import of scary-looking guns" law, but I guess that wouldn't fit on a bumper-sticker.

      Basically, if a gun looked "military," it was on the list.

      Silly law -- doing nothing to fight crime.

      Yes, I often dress as a pirate. Your point?

      by theatre goon on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:15:46 AM PDT

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