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  •  xxdr - they fear that sales of new assault rifles (4+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, ban nock, jck, BachFan

    will be banned. That's what is driving the sales now. I don't think they believe there are big risks that those weapons will be deemed illegal to own or that they will be confiscated through a mandatory "buy back" program. Rather I think many of them believe they will be able to flip the rifles and sell the new guns at a profit if new ones can no longer be sold.

    Just to satisfy my curiosity, and it was a limited search, but I went online yesterday and checked the availability of assault rifles at Walmart (the largest gun seller in the US). I checked five cities in the South, Southwest and Rocky Mountain West, and in every case all local stores were sold out of assault rifles. My guess is that Walmart has sold out of all its assault rifles nationwide. There is also evidence that ammunition sales are off the charts because people fear restrictions or taxes/fees will be imposed on bullets.

    I think the bill most likely to pass the Senate will be the bill authored by Diane Feinstein, the author of the original assault weapons ban, which will be submitted at the start of the 113th Congress. Feinstein's bill will ban the sale of new assault weapons and large capacity clips, close the gun show loophole, and improve the background check system. I believe the Feinstein bill can pass the Senate and has a chance in the House. There is no serious discussion in Congress regarding making assault weapons illegal or any mandatory repurchase programs of any guns or ammunition, or large capacity clips.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:22:34 AM PST

    •  I have not been down to the gun shop (5+ / 0-)
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      meagert, VClib, ban nock, BachFan, rockhound

      around the corner from my office, but I am willing to bet the price of a Big Mac they are all sold out as well.  They had several such rifles last time I was in there.  Prices are also going through the roof thanks to the magic of capitalism and the entrepreneurial spirit.  

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:35:25 AM PST

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