Illinois Senate Committee Bans Semiautomatic Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
KMOV reported

An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them.

The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill’s sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal.

Democrats are pushing the gun restrictions in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut last month.

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  • Gloria Gilson

    Banning all these is so totally the right thing to do, because like criminals that know that there’s a law of the books, will so totally not use those things. This is government at its best and Democrats like really know how to be the best.

  • Leslie Brillstein

    Perusing today’s headlines:

    Attorney unintentionally shoots himself while cleaning gun

    Man unintentionally shoots and kills 15-yearold neighbor

    Two years later, teen still recovering from unintentional shooting

    2 injured in unintentional shooting at gun show

    3-year-old unintentionally shoots and kills himself with uncle’s gun

    Man unintentionally shoots and kills himself at shooting range

    Man shoots granddaughter mistaking her for an intruder

    Man putting handgun under pillow unintentionally shoots wife in the face

    7-year-old unintentionally shot and killed outside gun store

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  • shadow

    So who’s going to be the first to scream, “THEY ARE NOT CLIPS! THEY’RE MAGAZINES.” like what happens when some gun-control supporter makes that error.

  • Prescient11

    Leslie:

    Exactly what is your point? Got links for those articles. We are a nation of 300MM people. How about car accidents. Drunk driving deaths. You got “headlines” for that.

    There are so many fools in this country it is truly story. Do you also have “headlines” for the minimum 1MM uses of guns to stop crime and protect people.

    Do you have that handy?

  • bear

    @2, les,

    40+ thousand dead each year from cars, suicides galore, falls from ladders, etc., etc.,……

    What’s your point? You fail to propose one in your comment.

  • imtorqued

    Leslie Brillstein commented:

    SO WHAT. It’s called life. It’s called accidents. If you don’t like it, wrap yourself in bubble wrap and curl into a fetal ball. I hope one of your regressive commiecrat cohorts doesn’t get an urge to abort you.

  • Jerry C

    @ #2 Leslie Brillstein

    You really should not operate a motorized vehicle. Thank God you can walk & talk at the same time; of course, I am assuming that much about you.

  • kevlar

    Mr. Kotowski is incorrect, and probably knows it.

    A magazine can be changed in less than two seconds.

    More lethal? We are talking about firearms right? Same lethality.

  • Leslie Brillstein

    Baseball Hall of Famer Attorney unintentionally shoots Chicago Cubs manager while quail hunting

    Teenage boys charged with murder after friend killed by neighbor firing warning shot

    Father and grandfather struggling over gun unintentionally shoot 2 young children

    18-year-old unintentionally shot and killed when dropped gun discharges

    Man adjusting his concealed wapon unintentionally discharges gun in movie theater

    Teen brings gun on school bus, unintentionally shoots and kills another student

  • even steven

    It looks like Indiana sporting goods stores will be getting my business now when I need new “clips” for my “assualt” rifles. The anti-gun, big government boot licking freaks are going full tilt here in Illinois. I will not register any of my guns. I will not turn any of them in if they are made “illegal” by the stroke of a pen. I will not comply. Molon Labe.

  • Patty

    While this is in response to the Sandy Hook shooting, do they think that the Criminals will stop everything, register their gun and proceed on their way.

    What about Holder, anything? Didn’t he allow guns to run across the border. And for the Cartels in California. Do you really believe they care about any laws on guns.

    Seriously, these politicians have much pressing matters but they insist on taking away freedoms and rights. Illinois has had more shootings in the past and nothing substantial has been done to stop the violence but now Sandy Hook is held up to a reason to take away guns when the real problem is lack of parent supervision. And the alarming act where one parent has guns around a kid with emotional and mental problems. Here is the real tragedy and no focus in the Chamber on this serious problem. Just keep on punishing the good and a complete ignorance to the problem that is staring them directly in the face.

  • Basil Duke

    Leslie, why no headline about the thousands of guns Obama trafficked to Mexican drug cartels – or about the hundreds of Mexicans who were subsequently murdered by same? Or about Brian Terry, U.S. Border Patrol agent who was murdered by one of the Obama administration’s guns? Why no headlines about the 500 people fatally shot last year in Chicago – home of some of the toughest gun laws in the entire country. Aren’t these worthy of your master list?

  • Zip

    People are realizing that those ‘ruining’ this nation, who’s goal and aim is to strip them of freedom and liberties, are using these “staged events” as (Project) Sandy Hook to justify their actions. Here’s some info about it: facts vs propaganda fallacies.
    http://sgtreport.com/2012/12/sandy-hook-cop-in-ct-on-the-contradictions-inconsistencies-gun-grab/
    http://sgtreport.com/2013/01/investigating-the-sandy-hook-narrative-and-asking-the-hard-questions/

    The contrived and set-up massacre, similar tho the Batman Rising (multiple shooters) denoting Sandy Hook on the “Strike Map”, depicts fingerprints of those really behind the assault. These people are the very ones we need protection from! Starting at the “Tainted White House”: Anti-American’s.

    Savage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1hDfMRAbUI

  • kevlar

    Everyone on that committee needs to be brought up on charges of violating USC Title 18, Sec 242. Deprivation of Civil Rights under Color of Law. It is a felony and can carry a penalty up to and including Death.

  • jeff gamer

    Gloria Gilson is either a funny satirist or an abject idiot, I hope the former but suspect the latter

  • Linda

    In 2012 there were 506 homicides in Chicago…I can hardly wait to see that number go down now that they banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips!

  • Joe Blow

    #11 Better watch out what you say on the internet and other places. Our “free and open” government has the ability to track IP addresses and may come knocking on your door to deprive you of your second amendment rights. Remember, they take away God and our ability to defend ourselves. Think the communists aren’t loving this.

  • Skip

    Leslie Brillstein, you pathetic harpy, can you outline how banning semi-auto pistols will somehow cut down on accidental shootings?

    And yes, it’s called “magazines”. Perhaps you didn’t notice Jim was quoting KMOV, shadow??

  • Joanne

    People should look more into the killing of all those children and adults. I’ve read that the local Police Chief threatened to charge anyone who spread any information about the killings that wasn’t coming out of their mouthpiece. Plus I read there was once again more than one shooter or accomplices involved in this shooting. A lot does not make sense about this killing.

    I believe that Obama would have no problem co-ordinating this attack to further his goal of disarming the American people. People can’t fathom such wickedness, but for Obama, children are expendable – those in the womb and those born. We should remember democrats/socialists are using these shootings to further their goal of disarming Americans, even though they have no intention of disarming themselves.

    Once Obama disarms Americans – you’ll all be finished. Unfortunately, we’ll all be sucked down the proverbial hole too.

  • No state or the federal government has the power to outlaw any weapons or means of loading weapons.

    ‘When In The Course Of Human Events….

    You’ve read that document, yes?

    Let’s quote the first part of it.

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    The Founders went on to devise our Constitution, which is a list of powers and explicitly denied all others not enumerated therein from the Federal Government.

    Indeed The Constitution itself declares in Article VI the following:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    But the 10 Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were considered to be sufficient at the time and thus were passed with The Constitution, becoming an inherent part thereof. (Ed: Those who wish to argue timelines may do so but are playing wordgames and semantics in a raw and puerile attempt to dilute the debate; it was only the promise to actually collect and pass the Bill of Rights that got the Constitution ratified. And yes, I’m aware there were originally 12 Amendments proposed.)

    It is only through the process in Article V that any clause in The Constitution or any existing Amendment can be overridden in a lawful manner. Any other law or regulation, no matter how proposed, no matter how passed, no matter if enforced or not, is facially void upon the very words in The Constitution itself.

    This isn’t opinion. It’s black-letter fact, and that this fact has been intentionally and wantonly disrespected and violated on a serial basis only turns each and every one of the legislators, law enforcement officials and executive members who have done so into factual criminals.’…

    When In The Course Of Human Events….

    All laws whether of states or the federal government that infringe the right to keep and bear arms are null and void from the instant they are passed, and there is no obligation to obey such laws. We the people decide which laws infringe our rights and therefore which laws we need to obey.

  • Sam Stone

    #2 Leslie Brillstein, Mothers are far more dangerous to THEIR OWN children. According to the FBI UCR in 2011, 442 children were murdered by one of their own parents. Mostly the mother.

  • Joanne

    In fact, people are slaughtering, literally, the unborn everyday. Is it any more wicked to slaughter those who are born if you believe it is murder to kill a child in the womb and outside the womb. Is that Adam character any more a murderer than some women who have upwards of ten abortions or more or even one abortion. We live in nations that slaughter the weakest, the children, every day, 365 a year, for years. There is NO outcry from democrats/socialists to close the slaughter houses or stop abortions. Believe me, those leftards do not care for the lives of children – it is all about disarming a nation, so they can take over.

  • Linda

    #20 January 3, 2013 at 11:53 am
    Joanne commented:

    “… Plus I read there was once again more than one shooter or accomplices involved in this shooting.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Interesting because they reported the same when the Fort Hood Shooting took place!

  • Multitude

    Hey Illinois, Mexico called. They’d like you to first ban the assault rifles Obama, Holder and team have been illegally dumping into their country. Something about hundreds of brown people being killed.

    Then again, when it’s not a white child being killed, Democrats really don’t seem to care about it.

  • bear

    #2, les,

    You are apparently blind to the million+ incidents/year where private citizens (good guys with guns) save themselves, their families, and other INNOCENT people from violent criminals.

    You are also blind to the tens of millions of “mothers” who have murdered their own children by abortion.

    You can kiss my butt.

  • Adi

    Gun control is such a success in Chicago, innit?

  • jony101

    if you register your gun, it will end up in the newspaper. A criminal looking to upgrade from a 22 revolver to something with a little more punch will know where to get the extra firepower. I suspect many people learned a lesson from the journal news about there right to privacy which in new york and other states is none existent.

  • Jim

    This whole issue is going to be the match that lights the powder keg! Revolution is a comin’!

  • screw obama

    impeach the stupid idiot obama!!! take the weapons away from the innocent let the gang bangers be the only ones using them. hell yeah! this country is going down hill really quick. and for you leslie you tree hugging fool. most of the deaths you put could have been by a single shot gun.

  • screw obama

    i agree jim

  • mark1973

    #14, http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/are-recent-mass-shooting-false-flag-events/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PlanPrepareSurvive+%28%40TheSurvivalistBlog.net%29 #14 Agree 100%! #30,Your Correct and remember don’t ever give up any of your Firearms no matter what the Illinois or Federal government say’s. Boehner is about to stick the Final repub Betrayal into us as reports have it the House will cave on Firearms legislation…Which we will promptly ignore!

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

    Meanwhile, the murders and gunfire in Chicago continue on…

  • bman

    not going to go over well in rural Illinoise

  • Leslie you are the typical leftist liberal thinker who only sees what they want to see, regardless of the facts. Specific examples are hard to find in the mainstream media because biased reporters and editors don’t want to spread the idea that armed self-defense in one’s home is legal and effective. But it is quite easy to find this info on the internet if you were interested enough to be properly informed. Here’s some gun FACTS and just a few cases out of thousands where guns SAVED live.

    Boy Uses AR15 To Stop A Home Invasion. Bottom line, banning the AR15 and its variants is banning perhaps the single most effective weapon for home defense. That is particularly true for women and teens. Keep that in mind as the left tries to disarm America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

    Defensive Gun Use Statistics. According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year — one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds. Among 15.7% of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense Survey, the defender believed that someone “almost certainly” would have died had the gun not been used for protection — a life saved by a privately held gun about once every 1.3 minutes.

    Guns save more lives than they take; prevent more injuries than they inflict. Guns [are] used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.

    SPECIFIC CASES:

    The December 16 Movie Theater Shooting You Didn’t Hear About. The story was covered locally, but seeing as it happened just one day after the Sandyhook massacre in Connecticut, you would think it would have gotten more airplay in the MSM. Don’t stories like this one play right into their anti-gun hands? No — not this one.

    Here’s Why Someone Would Need To Own An ‘Assault’ Rifle. The left keeps asking why anyone needs an “assault” rifle. Here’s one reason — in 2010, a Texas teen used a rifle similar to the one used in Newtown to defend his younger sister and himself from home invaders.

    Three in the Head. I carried a gun in New York City for more than a decade — back when there were thousands of murders a year and the Bronx led the nation in killings. On at least four occasions, that gun saved my life, and in a couple of instances, the lives of people who were with me at the time.

    Intruder fatally shot after breaking into Glen Burnie business, police say. Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report that an employee in a coin shop in Glen Burnie shot and killed an intruder Tuesday morning [12/25/2012].

    Police: Man defends himself, kills robbery suspect. Police in Atlanta say a man was defending himself when he shot and killed a suspected robber on Christmas Eve.

    When assault weapons saved Koreatown. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of beating the now-deceased Rodney King. During the five days, mobs around Los Angeles looted stores, burnt 3,767 buildings, caused more than $1 billion in property damage, and led to the deaths of more than 50 people and left another 4,000 injured. A story that has been forgotten since then is that of the brave storeowners in Koreatown who fended off mobs with handguns, rifles and assault weapons.

    Ohio crime victims fire back in 2 shooting incidents. In separate incidents less than 12 hours apart, crime victims fought back by shooting robbers Sunday [12/9/2012] and early Monday, killing one suspect and injuring three. In both cases, the crime victims were not hurt.

    Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed in Triple Shooting. Two robbery victims turn the tables on the man who tried to rob them. The victims, a man and woman were shot, but in the end its the robber who didn’t make it out alive.

    Attempted Battle Creek robber shot in head. A clerk at a Battle Creek convenience store wasn’t about to be robbed. The 28-year-old man running the register at Liberty Mart Convenience store shot the attempted thief in the head when the suspect pulled a knife and demanded money.

    Cafe manager fends off robbers. The manager at an Internet sweepstakes busines fired twice at robbers early this morning and chased them from the business, police reported.

    Neighbor handcuffs, detains would-be-burglars at gunpoint. Many neighbors said this has brought them even closer. “You have all this stuff that happens in the neighborhoods in Houston, where people are getting shot and killed and raped and murdered. We’re not having it,” said neighbor Suzanne Lumus.

    Big Lake men subdue serial burglar. A bail-jumping burglar may be feeling lucky at the possibility of spending the next several decades in jail after an armed confrontation that nearly left him shot. Joshua Beaty, 25, was in the process of robbing the Big Lake area home of James Conner Oct. 26 when Conner and a couple of his friends caught Beaty in the act.

    Fruit vendor grateful after customer shoots gunman. A South Florida fruit vendor is speaking out with words of gratitude for a customer who stepped in after someone tried to mug him. Blood stains and crime scene tape remain on the sidewalk marking the spot of the near-fatal confrontation that occurred Tuesday afternoon [11/27/2012].

    Retired Marine Shoots Home Intruder During Break-In. If you’re a thief, there are a couple of warning signs that you should watch out for. A dog bowl and a leash in the front yard would tip you off that you’re probably going to get bitten. A sign that reads, “Trespassers will be shot!” is pretty self-explanatory. The home of 77-year-old Lloyd McCarty is similarly filled with warning signs.

    Home Invader Shot in Boardman, Ohio. Officers said one of the suspects, Keemoni Harris, 22, of Campbell, and the homeowner, James Truman Sr., exchanged gunfire, firing about five shots. Truman wasn’t hit, but officials said Harris went to the hospital with three non-life threatening gun shot wounds.

    Man Shoots Intruder in Santa Maria. An unidentified intruder was shot Sunday evening [12/9/2012] in Santa Maria when he knocked on a homeowner’s door and brandished a gun.

    Santa Maria man recovering in hospital after shooting. Police say when the homeowner answered the door, the man outside threatened the him with a gun. Police say the homeowner also had a gun and shot the man at the door several times.

    Owasso homeowner shoots, kills intruder. An investigation is underway after an Owasso homeowner shoots and kills a man that Owasso Police say was breaking into his home.
    [Atrocious grammar in original.]

    Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens. There are several documented cases where armed citizens have stopped mass attacks by gunmen. Let me list a few: The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting was stopped by the vice principal Joel Myrick with a Colt .45, The Appalachian School shooting was stopped by two students with handguns. Both of the above incidents were stopped by the armed citizens threatening the shooter without firing.

    This is just a small sampling. There are thousands more cases where guns saved lifes. Leslie I don’t really care if you choose to be a helpless victim but I want the right to protect my loved ones and myself. So go peddle your uninformed bias on one of your Liberal sites where the users are too singleminded to think past their agenda.

  • Mr. Hoft, when you use THEIR LANGUAGE, you should put “quotes” around it. JMO of course…

  • RE me #37 … I mean worthless words such as “assault weapon”

  • Kissmygrits

    Let’s start an exciting new cottage industry called running guns fast and furiously to IL. I’m sure the DOJ will be ok with it.

  • valerie

    Unlike Leslie, I can post links to the stories and the underlying data.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/03/FBI-More-People-Killed-With-Hammers-and-Clubs-Each-Year-Than-With-Rifles

    ….And about twice as many people are killed with hands and fists than with rifles.

    That right to bear arms, it’s a political right. Even the Russians understand that, now.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/russian-news-outlet-pravda-prints-surprising-opinion-column-warning-usa-never-give-up-your-guns/

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  • jpmn

    Leslie, those who would trade freedom for security will have neither.

  • bobdog

    Meanwhile, in other recent news:

    Police late to Sandy Hook Massacre.

    Gun Free Zone Signs Fail to Deter Sandy Hook Killer

    Peace, Love and Understanding Fails to Prevent Amish School Horror.

    Military Police Late to Fort Hood PX Shooting.

    Man Kills Wilmette Home Invader; No Prosecution Expected.

    Armed Store Owner Halts Robbery; No Injuries.

    Off-duty Policeman Halts Utah Shopping Center Shooter; Shot By Police.

    Death Toll From Legal Abortions Top 500.000.

    No Trolls Rule on Blog Fails to Deter Uninformed, Sanctimonious Liberal.

  • INFOOL7

    Leslie:

    Watch, if you dare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDivHkQ2GSg

  • MT Geoff

    Howdy friends
    A legislative committee can’t pass legislation. The committee voted to approve the bill, moving it toward state Senate consideration. It would also have to go through the normal legislative process in the Illinois assembly. It could happen, but ain’t nobody banned nuthin’ with this yet.

  • Greenstew

    “Gun sensitivity?” How about a new word “gunophobia” (like homophobia or islamophobia) “an unreasonable and irrational fear of guns.”

  • Economan

    Like it worked so well in Chicago! Lets make it state-wide! What can go wrong?

  • bobdog

    #45, MT Geoff, are you kidding? Democrats have a veto proof majority in both houses of the Illinois legislature, the Governor is a Democrat, and they pretty much take their marching orders from the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, a rabid Democrat and a militant opponent of firearm ownership for his entire life.

    There is no way these two laws will get by the Supreme Court, but therein lies the rub. It will take five years to get there, and in the meantime, you can expect Obama to replace at least two and possibly three Supreme Court Justices before he leaves office in disgrace four years from now. Obama will not be nominating Wayne La Pierre to the Court.

  • Jake

    When only Obama and his thugs have guns,
    how safe will TRUE AMERICANS be?

  • FurryGuy

    #2 January 3, 2013 at 11:04 am
    Leslie Brillstein commented:

    And how many people were injured or died as the results of non-gun related accidents during the same time frame? I doubt you would like the answer because it would fail to affirm your adherence to the agenda you are so blatantly trying to foist.

  • dusel1

    Look to (investigate) Bill Ayers, Barry’s mentor and also look to George Soros, Barry $$$$$backer, as the architects of the Newtown, CT, massacre.

  • Fu#k Obama

    So next your going to ask if the Illinois gun ban bill that immediately started working its way through the Senate is just a coincidence?

    So you think that Obama is using Illinois to cause ‘A Reich Stag Event’ with his union thugs to ban all firearms under a declared national emergency?

    Nah….. neither do I

  • YourMaster

    0bama will have to ban weapons so he can usher in the communist utopia
    make Islam the one religion in America outlawing all others and replace the constitution with Sharia law …and convert everyone to marxism making it mandatory law that all must pray to Karl Marx

  • Michael

    Ban was not passed. They’ll keep trying to disarm Americans. That’s all that separates us from Barry Soetoro aka Barry Soebarkah aka Barack Hussein Obama and a fully implemented dictatorial takeover and overthrow of the Constitutional Republic.
    http://www.infowars.com/illinois-democrats-lose-bid-to-pass-firearms-confiscation-bill/

  • Highlander

    I will ask you all once again, just in case there is ANY doubt about what the end-game really is with these people, to carefully read Leslie’s posts and then tell me all they want to do is ban “certain” firearms…

    FACE IT!! They hate ALL guns, no matter the type, purpose, capacity, style, color, or function. PERIOD. Every time I get into a discussion with a self-described conservative who thinks that we should just compromise a little, and let them enact some “common sense” gun control, I want to puke. How many times do you have to read comments like Leslie’s before you recognize that these people are NOT going to be happy with banning a few “scary”, “high capacity” guns? If they were going to be happy with that, then we wouldn’t be seeing comments like Leslie’s. Anyone who doesn’t recognize that is a complete idiot.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE, before it’s too late!!

  • bg

    ++

    A False Ad About Assault Weapons

    [Machine Guns Still Illegal

    Contrary to what the ad clearly implies, any weapon that can fire 300 rounds per minute remains illegal for civilians to own without specific clearance by the US Department of Justice.

    In fact, machine guns have been tightly regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934, in the wake of the gangster era. Legal ownership of a machine gun requires an extensive federal background check, fingerprinting, signed clearance from the chief of local law enforcement (such as a county sheriff), a $200 excise tax, and weeks of paperwork. That was true before the assault-weapon ban was enacted in 1994, and it remains true with the expiration of the ban at midnight Sept. 13, 2004.

    That’s made clear in a question-and-answer document posted Sept.
    13 on the Web site of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
    Explosives (ATF), explaining the effect of the expiration of the assault
    -weapon ban:

    ATF: All provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA) relating to registration and transfer of machine guns . . . still apply.

    The fully automatic version of the AK47 — pictured and described
    in the ad — remains just as illegal as it was before the ban expired.]

    Connecticut Murderer Did NOT Use Automatic Weapons

    [These are semi-automatic weapons only, which is a fancy way
    of saying they fire one bullet every time you pull the trigger.
    NONE OF THEM ARE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.]

    ==

  • Lim Lynn

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/12/12/surveillance_ecuador_implements_speech_technology_center_s_facial_and_voice.html
    One question are they going to add a huge biometric database Mark of the Beast in the future for citizens and criminals alike?