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  •  No, no, and no again. (1+ / 0-)
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    FrankRose

    This is why so many anti-gun movements fail. You cannot go to a court of law armed only with what you think is real, or with some marketing hack's notion of what makes things real for sales.

    An Uzi that is legally for sale on the civilian market may appear to be a sub-machine gun, but it will not function like one. It will function like what it is: a large, heavy, awkward pistol, one shot at a time.

    Can it be modified to fire full-auto? Perhaps. But the modification makes the weapon illegal, and yes, about as dangerous to the shooter as to any potential victim. While it could be argued that it is now, in function, an SMG the person has modified a legal weapon into an illegal function, and now own an auto-fire capable weapon without the appropriate licenses (one for auto fire, one for short-barreled rifle).

    You must dispense with the notion that all gun owners do this, or want to do this, or that it is widespread. Very few people are foolish enough to do this because of the safety and legal problems that come with it.

    As for the definitions and functions, I know what they are; and I know what bump-fire does. What I am saying is that if bump-fire is so awful, then petition to have bump-fire banned. You're acting like every gun has bump-fire capability (or will as soon as we can get around to it) and that the only way to stop this scourge is to ban all guns.

    So: because a marketing person appealing to wanna-be "tough guys" sold weapons called "assault rifles" or "sub-machineguns" doesn't mean that they are, functionally, able to perform like those weapons. Those terms are supposed to refer to very specific  classes of weapons used by the military, and civilian gun makers used those terms to apply to civilian "look-alikes" as a marketing gimmick. Needless to say, this has bit them in the ass because it also spread the notion among the general public that these weapons perform in the same manner as the military weapons from which they physically resemble.

    The internet is ruled by cat people. Dog people are busy playing outside.

    by Canis Aureus on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:55:15 PM PDT

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