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  •  i think it may be a bit more objective (0+ / 0-)


    i.e. military assault rifles are capable of being made full-automatic: i.e. that regardless how many rounds in the magazine, a single touch can produce suppression fire at a rapid speed, far more rapid than individual presses of a trigger.  And 'civilian models' of these full-auto rifles can still be retrofitted for full-auto mode with few modifications.  The AR-15 type rifle so much in the news nowadays is advertised with "optional rocket launcher" capability (at least that is what I read) which is one of those retrofittable options never suitable for civilian use.

    So I think it has very little or nothing to do with 'look and feel' but more to do with how the weapon can be retrofitted, modified - or even perceived as - an automatic weapon of great destruction.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:13:27 AM PST

    •  here is a link specifying the features (0+ / 0-)


      of the banned types, a little more technical than I provided:

      Assault Weapons Ban 1994

      "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

      by louisev on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:18:00 AM PST

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    •  Converting civilian semi-automatic rifles to full (0+ / 0-)

      automatic has been illegal since the 1980s (because BATFE ruled it reclassifies them "machine guns" which were banned in 1934), and manufacturers have modified the receiver part of these weapons to make it nearly physically impossible to modify them (never say never).

      Concerning the installation of conversion kits in semiautomatic firearms, it must be pointed out that the
      receiver of the firearm may not be modified to permit fully automatic fire. Such modification results in
      the making of a machinegun which is prohibited by 18 U.S.C. 922(o).

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