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  •  Yes, that was what I was looking at- (0+ / 0-)

    and I still have no idea if the Bushmaster that Lanza used would meet the criteria for section 3.  This stuff is so technical that it's no wonder the laws are confusing.

    •  key part (2+ / 0-)
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      gramofsam1, SoCalSal

      ok, so autos were banned by the AWB. That's actually pretty rare. Most states don't ban automatic weapons. Again, because they're so heavily regulated by the federal gov to begin with.

      anyway, this is the key:

      3.         Any semiautomatic firearm not listed in subdivision (1) that meets the following criteria:

      (A)  A semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:

      i.          a folding or telescopic stock;

      ii.          a pistol grip;

      iii.         a bayonet mount;

      iv.         a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and

      v.         a grenade launcher.

      gun manufacturers can get tricky with this. they can take their normal assault weapon, remove any three components (usually the granade launcher and bayonet mount) and, voila, the same functional firearm that complies with the AWB.

      This is why, generally, assault weapons bans (as they are now) are full of shit. They ban weapons that have a few cosmetic features different from what's allowed.

      •  Yeah that's kinda what I thought- (1+ / 0-)
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        jabney

        still trying to wrap my head around a grenade launcher being an option for civilians.

        •  if it's any comfort, the grenades are (2+ / 0-)
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          gramofsam1, jabney

          classified as destructive devices, and therefore out of the reach of %99.9999 of people. Only the rich can afford those. its a totally cosmetic thing.

          which reinforces the fact that AWB's modeled on the 1993 one are total shit.

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