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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Assault Weapons Bill in Florida Comment
    Gregory Morris, 2/14/08 12:46:16 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me how tenacious those gun-banning nitwits are. I mentioned some of these newly proposed gun laws here. Those two bills (SB 782 and HB 425) made it more against-the-law to shoot someone with a semi-automatic firearm than with a revolver or a bolt-action rifle.

    This latest nonsense tries to slip even more explicit "assault weapon" terminology into law. My guess is, they hope they can get something like this passed, so the text will be there, and later they can just "ban anything that falls under the definitions in section such-and-such."

    The actual bill in question (HB447 and SB1664) is a lame "storage requirement" bill. Currently, in Florida, there is a law that basically states "if you let your kids get their grubby mitts on your guns, then you are liable for what they do." I'm OK with that, in theory, because parents should be responsible for what their kids do. This law takes it further, making it more against-the-law to leave an "assault weapon" out for your kids to find than it would be just to leave your revolver in their crib. (Unless you are an "Only One" of course.) Regardless of how utterly stupid the law is (and by extension, Miami Liberal Roberson) the real danger posed by this law is not in what it does, but with the groundwork it lays out for future gun control.

    Text of the "assault weapon" language after the break. As you will see, it is the typical language we keep seeing every time another AWB is brought up... almost identical to Clinton's ban.



    (b)1. For purposes of this subsection, the term
    "assault weapon" means:

    a. A semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following characteristics:

    (I)
    A folding or telescoping stock;

    (II)
    A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the
    weapon;

    (III)A bayonet mount;

    (IV)A flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; or

    (V)A grenade launcher; or

    b. A semiautomatic shotgun that has at least two of the following characteristics:

    (VI)
    A folding or telescoping stock;

    (VII)
    A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the
    weapon;

    (VIII) A fixed magazine capacity in excess of five rounds; or

    (IX)
    An ability to accept a detachable magazine; or

    c. A semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and
    has at least two of the following characteristics:

    (X)
    An ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol
    grip;

    (XI)A threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash
    suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;

    (XII)
    A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the
    barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger
    hand without being burned;

    (XIII) A manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; or

    (XIV) A semiautomatic version of an automatic rifle, shotgun, or firearm; or

    d. Any of the weapons, or functioning frames or receivers of such weapons, or copies or duplicates of such weapons, in any caliber, known as:

    (I)
    Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (all models);

    (II)
    Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil;

    (III)
    Beretta Ar70 (SC-70);

    (IV)Colt AR-15;

    (V)
    Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC;

    (VI)
    SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9, and M-12;

    (VII)
    Steyr AUG;

    (VIII) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9, and TEC-22; or

    (IX)
    Revolving cylinder shotguns, such as, or similar to, the Street Sweeper and Striker 12.

    2. The term does not include any rifle, shotgun, or pistol that:

    a. Is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action;

    b. Has been rendered permanently inoperable;

    c. Is an antique firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. s. 921(a)(16);

    d. Is a semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more
    than five rounds of ammunition;

    e. Is a semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine;

    f.
    Is a rifle, shotgun, or pistol, or a replica or a duplicate thereof, specified in Appendix A to 18 U.S.C. s. 922 as such weapon was manufactured on October 1, 1993. The mere fact that a weapon is not listed in Appendix A shall not be construed to mean that such weapon is an assault weapon; or

    g. Is a semiautomatic rifle, a semiautomatic shotgun, or a semiautomatic pistol or
    any of the weapons defined in sub-subparagraph 1.d. lawfully possessed prior to
    September 14, 1994.




    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: Assault Weapons Bill in Florida
    Nick, 2/14/08 1:44:17 pm
    Proposed smoking ban back home.
    Just thought you may be interested.

    Also, it should definitely be more against the law to shoot someone with a military-style assault weapon with high-capacity banana clip than a simple revolver. The person who gets shot is much more dead with the military-style assault weapon with high-capacity banana clip than with the revolver. Duh.
    Re: Assault Weapons Bill in Florida
    Gregory Morris, 2/14/08 1:58:28 pm
    Yeah, I know. Robb's .22 caliber Armscor M1600 is MUCH more deadly than a .44 Special revolver or a .308 bolt-action rifle. Because... it might scare a hoplophobe to death even if you aren't accurate to shoot them.
    Re: Assault Weapons Bill in Florida
    BobG, 2/14/08 4:08:01 pm
    "It never ceases to amaze me how tenacious those gun-banning nitwits are."

    Just like ticks, leeches, and body lice.

    BobG
    Near the Salty City
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