Assault Weapons Ban in Nebraska

From Joe’s Crabby Shack:

State Sen. Brad Ashford (Omaha) amended his proposed Gun Crime bill to remove everything, but to add the formation of a seven-member panel to meet every two years to decide what guns are inherently dangerous and should be prohibited from sale or ownership in Nebraska.

As is typical with these types of bills, the real risk comes in how they determine what is an assault weapon.

  • A semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, with any one of the following: a pistol grip protruding conspicuously beneath the weapon’s action; a thumbhole stock; a folding or telescoping stock; a grenade launcher or flare launcher; a flash suppressor; or a forward pistol grip.
  • A semiautomatic center-fire rifle with a fixed magazine with capacity for more than 10 rounds.
  • A semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.

The first clause is the usual list of cosmetic features, but the overall length and application to fixed magazine firearms is a new twist.  Needless to say, this has to be opposed most vigorously.

3 thoughts on “Assault Weapons Ban in Nebraska”

  1. Let’s get our ducks in a row, shall we? Josh Sugarmann must be loving how we use his misnomer.

    There is NO risk in how an “assault weapon” is defined. The risk is in what characteristics of semi-automatic weapons are deemed dangerous enough to justify prohibition thereof.

    Just because “assault weapon” has become a household term describing certain semiauto firearms doesn’t mean that those of us who know better have to go on perpetuating the misnomer.

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