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View Diary: Dianne Feinstein To Introduce Assault Weapons Ban On First Day Of Congress (307 comments)

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  •  On the right track - definitions are important (5+ / 0-)

    I might disagree with exactly which weapons should be banned, but you've definitely got the right idea.

    Simple, objective definitions that can't easily be worked around, for what is allowed and what isn't.

    A rifle is either semi-automatic, or not. A magazine either holds more than 10 rounds, or it doesn't.

    "Assault rifle", on the other hand, is a hopelessly vague term, and attempts to ban weapons based on this ill-defined term result in endless workarounds.

    On the other hand, if a law prohibits, say, centerfire autoloading rifles, there is no doubt of what is meant and no possibility of the kind of workarounds that plague the California assault weapon "ban".

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