So here's the deal: I've just graduated from college and have never owned a gun in my life. However, I am a very strong proponent of the 2nd Amendment and have always intended to purchase at least a handgun after graduating (owning one on campus would have been a huge PITA). Originally I'd intended to ramp up my purchasing as I became more familiar and comfortable with the weapons market, ultimately looking to get a high end rifle in a couple of years. Unfortunately, I'm now hearing a lot of grumbling about the reinstitution of an assault weapons ban. The threat of new legislation is starting to convince me that perhaps I should go whole hog and buy a high end 'assault' rifle now while I still can. This is a matter of principle rather than necessity for me. So then, bottom line, what should I look to get? I have a budget of about $2k and am looking to focus it as much as possible towards acquiring things that may become unattainable in the very near future. Should I just get a bunch of high-cap mags and worry about the rifle later? What exactly is likely to be banned? As far as rifles, what should I try for? What legal issues do I need to look out for (I'm in Virginia now)? I've naturally been looking at AR-15s of various manufacturers but I understand that many of them are back-ordered by as long as 10 months...I'm concerned that if I try to go that route I may never actually receive my rifle before new legislation kicks in. Any other suggestions? Obviously my little inner poser internet tough guy has been having wet dreams over the new civilian FN SCAR, although it's very pricey; I could almost buy several ARs for the cost of one and just slowly cannibalize them to keep at least one of them working for decades...Anyway, what are your thoughts on the matter? Any other advice for a first time gun buyer/owner? Thanks in advance.