I'm so sick of the ignorance regarding so-called "assault rifles." An AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle, the same as any other sporting rifle. It is NOT a machine gun. It is NOT fully automatic. The same applies to the civilian variant of the AK-47. Not a machine gun, people!
Just because a rifle looks like its fully-automatic cousin, it doesn't make it one. Not any more than an Airsoft rifle is a real rifle. It's a toy that looks like a real rifle.
The problem is that most people don't know the difference, and they don't care. They won't care until it's too late. Ignorance and apathy defined.
As I discussed in an earlier post, fully automatic weapons are regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. Non-military/law enforcement people cannot purchase an automatic weapon manufactured after 1967. You can purchase one manufactured before that date, but they're very expensive ($10,000+), and require a tax stamp ($200), fingerprints and photos, and approval from local law enforcement. As a consequence, very few people possess fully automatic firearms.
The legislation being put forth in various states and now at the federal level want to treat your semi-automatic handguns, shotguns, and rifles the same as automatic weapons. Look at that again: your Beretta shotgun, your Ruger pistol, your Remington rifle would be treated like machine guns, and restricted like them.
What's worse, the proposed legislation would make these firearms non-transferable. When you die, the government gets your gun. How's that grab you?
That leaves you with revolvers, pump shotguns, and bolt-action rifles, and those will be next.
I suppose the toy fully-automatic Airsoft rifles are next after that.
Contact your congresspersons ASAP and voice your opposition to any restrictive legislation whatsoever. Do it now, and use this link to make it happen: http://capwiz.com/gunowners/home/