Reclassifying Semi-Automatic Rifles under the National Firearms Act

I originally published this in 2016, and dust it off every time there’s a mass shooting in the news. This post has seen the top of my feed year after year, as politicians continue to offer nothing but thoughts and prayers.

I’ve been a long time responsible gun owner, by the old definition of what that used to mean. Like a majority of them, I’ve wanted more controls on semi-automatic rifles – particularly, assault rifles, for a long time. There’s idiocy on both sides of this debate, and both have some questionable notions about them. The extreme left seems to have developed an irrational fear and hatred of all guns and the extreme right believes the only solution to guns are more guns. Consider this more realistic perspective from someone who spent over a decade shooting and working on guns, held NRA certifications to supervise ranges and carry concealed weapons, and up until some years ago – when I sold the rights to it – produced the #1 ballistics computer in the App Store.

What much of the nation does not realize is that there is already a system in place to perform strict checks of individuals looking to own firearms categorized as highly lethal – but it isn’t being used to control most assault rifles. Introduced in the National Firearms Act legislation, this system was applied to machine guns, short barrel rifles, silencers, sawed off shotguns, and other types of firearms that individuals can still legally own today, but with more than the casual regulation of AR-15s and other such firearms. It could be changed to include semi-automatic rifles. In my opinion, it should be, and in this post I’ll argue why I’d like to see the President and legislators push for this.

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