Re:But ... (Score:3)
by flyingsquid (813711) Alter Relationship on Thu 26 Jul 01:09PM (#40780739)
Think of it this way. We already have gun control; you can't buy a fully automatic assault rifle. What if there wasn't any restriction on what you could buy? If you could buy anything you wanted, you wouldn't conduct a massacre with a semiautomatic AR-15, you'd buy a fully automatic AK-47. For one thing, on automatic an AK can fire 600 rounds per minute. The other thing is that they're simple, rugged and reliable, designed for use by untrained peasants fighting in the hills. The AR-15/M-16 was notorious for being finicky and jamming at the wrong moment, particularly when the rifle was first fielded in Viet Nam. It's better these days, but the fact that the AR-15 used in the Colorado killing jammed is the only reason more people didn't die. The bottom line is here, gun control (as limited as it is) saved lives during this massacre, more gun control would save more lives.
Actually, you can buy fully automatic rifles and machines guns. They aren't illegal to transfer, but they do require a bit of legwork.
Basically, you have to pay a Class III FFL to transfer the gun to you, and you have to obtain a $200 'Tax Stamp' for that device.
The other restriction is that the weapon must have been manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 to be legally transferred to an individual.
All that being said, be prepared to bring a huge wad of cash. A transferable M-16 goes for $8000-$10,000, and I have seen M60s hit $100,000.