Shoe, you and I are in the same boat. Hey MELE………what is your interpretation??
I said nothing about automatic weapons?? If I am not mistaken they are covered under other laws and regulations (class 3 firearms under the ATF??). The AWB that I am referring to is the one good old clinton put in place in ’94. You know the ornamental stuff…..no mags over 10 rnds, no flash suppressors, collapsible stocks and that the like…..I have a pre-ban AR with the 16” barrel and collapsible stock and I do hunt with it. It has taken more deer than any gun I have. Yea I know a .223 is small for white tail, but you just have to know where to put it, only lost 1 deer in 12 years with it! It is great to carry in the woods on those 8 or 10 mile trips, supper light.
Now the thing about civilians and auto weapons………..there is no reason that I can not own any weapons that the Police or any state agency can own (I am a clean, law abiding citizen). I agree that there needs to be good enforceable regulations, is the ATF not doing its job now (you decide)? You could take this discussion both ways. Example- (non gun owner) – they could easily say that all guns should be banned, manly because they have no desire to own one or have ever been around one, they probably have never even shot one, just think what someone tells them to think. If I say that I think trucks should be banned from the highway unless they are pulling or hauling something to save gas or cut down on people getting hurt in accidents involving little bitty cars and big trucks, that would make quite a few folks mad. If I choose to drive a little bitty car then by buying the little bitty car I am accepting the risk. (not my view, just one I heard one time, I own and drive my truck every day). Same thing with full auto weapons, I have no desire to own one (could not afford the ammo) but if someone wants to buy one (legally) I have no problem with it. More power to them. They have machinegun shoots all over the country.
I have no problem with someone owning an Apache, once all of the paperwork is done the government will know every single thing there is to know about them (if they are doing their job correctly). If they do not through up a red flag and they have the cash why not? Without all the missiles on it it is just a helicopter, right??
We could debate this both ways and still not accomplish anything so I will just drop it, besides it is off topic from my original question. If you want to discuss this further open up a new thread so everyone can get in on it. No hard feelings, friend.