Illinois man to serve 2 years after shooting machine gun.
Finally– a real “assualt weapon”. This Mac-10 machine gun, indeed, is an assault weapon. Only 150,000 machine guns– true “Assault Weapons”– are legally owned by individuals, grandfathered in in 1934. To date, only two have ever been used in crimes, as they are collectors items, and strictly controlled. The gun in the article was an illegal, modern “assault weapon”.
The inaccuracy of the media and the hysteria of the hoplophobe public make many ordinary, but “evil looking”, guns mistakenly named “assault weapons”, when they are not. Even a kid’s .22 rifle, with its 17-shot magazine, can be mistakenly called “assault weapons”. The single-shot AK-47’s and AR-15’s are civilian versions that are NOT “assault weapons”.
People wonder why gun groups like the NRA oppose “assault weapon” legislation. Assault weapons are ALREADY illegal to own, so why is inaccurate, misleading legislation tolerated?