Mravac Kid wrote:
Could somebody explain to me a bit what it's about? I'm not all that familiar with US gun laws...
The law was sold as an "assault weapons" ban. Groups agitating for the ban ran TV commercials showing people blasting away with full-auto weapons, which have been tightly controlled since 1934 - and the actual law affected only semi
In a nutshell, the actual "AW" law only affected semi-auto rifles with certain features, like bayonet lugs and flash suppressors - leaving untouched other rifles with identical operation, but lacking the "ugly" features. It was sold as an anti-gang, anti-crime measure.
When was the last time you heard about a gang doing a drive-by bayoneting?
Thing is, rifles of any type are almost never
used in crime. When a rep from New Jersey was campaigning for such a law at the state level, he went to the Trenton PD to get a confiscated weapon to use in testimony. Trenton's a pretty high-crime area. They told him, "We've never seen one."
The law also prohibited the manufacture or import of magazines with capacity of over 10 rounds. Again, horseshit. It never touched the enormous
supply of magazines already in existence - it would have been flatly impossible, there are millions of them - and, again, except for a very few highly-publicized incidents, they're almost never used in a crime.
Here in the US, we've achieved quite a drop in violent crime rates. We've done it by putting violent criminals in prison and keeping them there. The FBI's Uniform Crime Statistics informs us that, historically, 80%+ of the violent crimes are committed by about 10% of the criminals. Our States are passing "three-strikes and you're out" laws - conviction of three violent felonies gets you life with no parole - and that's taking these assholes off the streets.
Like I said, it was a stupid law. It was like banning red cars to control speeding. It died a well-deserved death.