I can't wait to hear what all the folks who liked to yell at Obama for going on vacation every once in a while say about this.
orcbuster wrote:USSR gets prototype marsupials, why would you need moose when you got stuff with kickers like that AND transport capability? And I'm not even gonna START on the french Marsupilami, I don't even think thats a real animal! Why no trolls for Norway?
I believe that a firearm should be treated like a car. You need to show some competency, understanding of handling and safety, and storage, like a car. I also support background checks. However what I don't support is the two bills above along with already established laws and regulations here in California. Particularly the name bans because its entirely nonsensical.
For example, you can own an FAL just not one from Fabrique Nationale. If it has a Fabrique Nationale stamp its banned, but it is say an L1A1 its totally ok to own. Its even more maddening when it comes to owning AKs, you can own an AK; just not one with soviet markings or ones that come from Norinco. However something from Bulgaria, Poland, vepr is okay.
Also the legislators knowledge and understanding of firearms is pretty primitive and based off what is seen in movies and video games. For example the purpose of the flash hider is to reduce muzzle flash, not eliminate it completely. Without it, the operator would be totally blinded by it. Another misconception is that automatics fire perfect streams of bullets when realistically they don't. You cant just sweep room and hit everything, if anything you just wasted ammo.
Obviously the line has to be drawn somewhere, I think we can agree that no one should be allowed to own a nuke. Things like explosives still have their purpose in the commercial industry, particularly in the mining industry. Regulation and laws already in place for the sale and possession of explosives as well as penalties for failing to comply with regulations. As for heavy machine guns, rocket launchers, mortars, tanks, there are laws in place for those already. You need a special license for those things. You can own a tank with a special drivers license, with working gun you need a class 3 license. For things like machine guns and mortars, you need class 3 license plus a tax stamp.