wow this thing confusing....We are trying to create a different impression here at FirearmsTalk, so we now refer to these guns as Sport Utility Rifles (SURs).
There was a ban against US citizens owning SURs. This was at a time before I was interested in SURs, so I'm not sure of the details of how this law was written. This law was enacted at some point during Clinton's reign, and it expired under President Bush. Since the expiration, people in most states are free to purchase and own SURs so long as they are only capable of semi-automatic fire. The normal restrictions on the purchase and ownership of weapons applies, so nobody convicted of a crime, nobody who's mentally unstable, etc, etc.. I'm believe there are still minimum barrel length requirements, and a few other requirements, but I'm not sure about all the specifics for states outside of Kalifornia. Someone who lives in one of those states might chime in with the details.
I happen to live in Kalifornia. Our state government has had the wisdom to impose additional restrictions on the ownership of SUR's. [Not sure if this comes across right to non-native English speakers, so just to be sure, the previous statement is an example of sarcasm. In other words, wisdom is the last thing you would ever expect from a Kalifornia politician.] Here in Kalifornia, there are certain features that have been determined to be evil, and it is not permitted to own a gun with these evil features. If you follow the link I've posted below it will take you to a nice interactive flowchart. Answer the questions in the flowchart and it will tell you whether or not the weapon in question is legal (Props to CalGuns for the flowchart, a great forum for those of us stuck here in Kali BTW).
CalGuns Foundation AW Flowchart
Basically, what we do here in CA is use SURs with magazines with the capacity for no more than 10 rounds, and modify the weapon so that it requires a tool to detach the magazine (this makes it a non-detachable magazine according to the law). There are a few other things to be aware of (barrel length, overall length, certain specific weapon models on lists maintained by the government, etc.), but that is the crux of the issue. The tool most often used is the tip of a bullet, hence you will hear the term "bullet button" used to describe the type of mag release we use. Interestingly enough, the law specifically identifies a bullet as a permissible tool for this purpose. We're either incredibly lucky, or somebody had a lot of foresight when that law was written.
$$ CA$H BUCKSHow is it done?
NODo you need some kind of license?
NODo you have to join the police force or the military to have the privilege of owning a assault weapon?
$$ CA$H BUCKSIs there a limit on the amount you can have?
It is confusing because the Anti-Gunners have tried to convince the public that there is no difference between an M-16 and an AR-15. They have spent millions of dolllars and we are now trying to play catch up. Myths and falshoods must be reversed.wow this thing confusing....
Of course, he is using sarcasm to make a point. California is not literally a new country, just metaphorically. Please remember, our original poster is from China and may not get some of our more subtle points......Kalifornia is not a part of America any longer. It was granted independence as the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia.
Yes, it can be confusing.wow this thing confusing....
I heard different... I read somewhere that he had okayed it only after someone telling him it was a machine pistol, with emphasis on the pistol part. Can't remember where I read this... maybe I heard it on the H-channel :\Interesting, restrictions on a SUR in the States. Who would have thought.
Especially the separating of "assault rifles" and look a likes. why not just get the real thing?
(says smug me stroking my SIG57)
As to Hitler penning the name assault rifle, sorry ol' Addie had forbidden the construction of the MP44 do not forget he was a infantry man in big bang 1
and pretty conservative as to what you need to shoot people. Only when it was sold to him as a Sturmgewehr a storm rifle did he allow manafacture.