This is far from being a comprehensive and final analysis since I Am Not A Lawyer and I Am Not A Congress Critter. I am still battling the cold/flu and taking some meds so I wouldn’t be surprised if I am missing some stuff or get other stuff wrong.
First thing that jumps is that direct & immediate registration appears to be off the table within this law. I cannot say what will be done via Justice Department via NICS or some other way. I am guessing that either the volume of calls against registration was so enormous plus the honchos in ATF imagining the shitload of work coming their way may had intervened and say “No way in hell we can do this. After almost 70 years we still have not gotten the machine gun registry right and those are only 250,000!” In any case and same with the President’s Executive Orders, this is a major blink in their part and possibly the realization that their position is not as strong as they thought it would be after the onslaught of bad press and name calling by every pundit they had available to do their work. They thought themselves Kennedy and turned out Khrushchev. I expect them they will say they did this as good faith gesture and to push our side into compromising for a deal, but if I am reading the tea leaves right, the opposite may happen, specially since the Cuomo screw up with the new NY Gun Ban Laws. People are just to ticked off for compromising and “conversations.”
We officially have a definition of Assault Weapon to cover semi auto only!
The term ‘semiautomatic assault weapon means any of the following, regardless of country of manufacture or caliber of ammunition accepted:
The “any of the following” is about 3 pages of “ugly things we don’t like” that make a semi auto rifle an “assault weapon.” Sort of like Selina Kyle with or without the tight leather outfit and the whip gets to be evil Catwoman or just a normal secretary/assistant.
Yes, there is a ban on Guns They Don’t Like. I don’t get fooled by the grandfathering clause because there will always be another crisis that can be exploited and then they can do something about them.
It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.
The manufacture part, does that apply to guns built for personal use? I am thinking AKs turned from flats that have already been at least one court decision in which determined they are not under ATF grasp.
The semi auto pistol ban on the most popular pistols remains:
A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:…..‘‘(v) A semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.
And in page 11 there is the Carolyn McCarthy subsection defining a Barrel Shroud not being “the shoulder thing that goes up.” I am glad we got that cleared.
OK, I’ll be back later with more stuff. Some is funny as hell.