"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them . . . Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, I would have done it." -- Senator Diane Feinstein, CBS-TV, 60 Minutes, 5 February 1995.
A deep genuflection and tip of the boonie hat to reader Ryan who alerted me to this analysis at Soldier Systems: Classify ‘Assault Weapons’ Under NFA…The Grand Compromise?
I was intending to do a column on this, but the Soldier Systems' piece is a good place to start. Here's the deal. The NFA is so shot through with errors and problems of administration with the relatively small (and since 1986, finite) numbers of items subject to regulation that to dump tens of millions of semi-autos into it would collapse the damn thing in a welter of lawsuits and recriminations that would demand repeated oversight hearings of the ATF. (Think cockroaches and bright lights.) And that's ignoring the non-compliance and resistance it would bring from Three Percenters. The congressional hearings up front on this particular point would be a field day for our side -- an absolute field day. Ramsey A. Bear would probably be called to testify.
This is one loaded cigar that the gungrabbers (and certainly the ATF) shouldn't want to smoke -- if, of course, they have the sense that God gave a goose.
LATER: Here's DiFi's press release, explaining:
(The Act) requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:* Background check of owner and any transferee;* Type and serial number of the firearm;* Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;* Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and* Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration
Also, get this: "Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds." Bans, as in, we catch you with those in your gun safe you're a federal criminal. Oh, yeah, DiFi, I can really see you getting away with THAT without starting a civil war. Or not.