Monday, December 31, 2012

Registration Of All Black Rifles Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

Registration will be required of all black rifles currently owned, possessed, and "Grandfathered" by the new law if the Feinstein "Assault" Weapons is passed as currently proposed and written. If it is scary looking, then it is on the list.

Registration will amount to confiscation. This scheme is destined to follow the much touted "Australian model" of mandatory gun "buy backs." Here's how it worked there. Most guns in Australia had been registered since the 1930's. When it came time for the mandatory "buy backs" the Australian government already knew who owned what and where the owners were. Failure to stand in long lines to sell the firearm "back" would result in a still prison sentence. Simple enough?

In a one year period beginning in 1996, the Australian government confiscated and destroyed about 631,000 firearms at a "buy back" cost of about 500 million. This was financed by a 1% income tax surcharge for one year. The handgun "buyback " of 2003 resulted in 50,000 handguns being confiscated.

However, effectiveness and full compliance with the law remains to be seen. Here's a summary of the 2013 Feinstein Assault Weapons Legislation.

The law requires registration of the semiautomatic rifles under the National Firearms Act of 1934. This includes a $200.00 fee per firearm.

 Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons, the Act requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

o Background check of the owner and any transferee;
o Type and serial number of the firearm;
o Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
o Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that
possession would not violate State or local law; and
o Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

The Law bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
 120 specifically-named firearms
 Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a
detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
 Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept
more than 10 rounds
Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
 Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
 Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from
the characteristics test
 Banning firearms with “thumb hole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address
attempts to “work around” prior bans
Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than
10 rounds.
Protects "legitimate" hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
 Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
 Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or
sporting purposes and

Additionally, gun bans instituted elsewhere have not worked.
In 1998 in Dunblane, Scotland a man known to be mentally unbalanced walked into a school and killed 16 children and wounded 13 more adults and kids. That precipitated the 1998 Firearms Act which essentially banned all handguns there. They all had to be turned in, and if the owner did not, he or she faced ten years in prison. This was meant to prevent mass killing from ever happening there again, just as the current AWB proposals are "designed" to accomplish. However, in North Umbria, a man in 2010 killed his brother, a co worker, 12 others in drive by shootings along the rural countryside. He further injured 11 more  before killing himself.

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