Hey NSSF – Research This

With the “common lawful use” test spelled out in the Heller decision, we’re going to want to eventually challenge the bans on assault weapons in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Hawaii, Maryland and Connecticuit.  In order to do that, we need more than anectdotal evidence that AR-15s, and various other firearms outlawed under these state bans are, in fact, quite common, and are of the type protected by the second amendment.

So now that you’ve spend a lot of time and energy researching the decline in hunting, why don’t we think about ways to get our friends in California and New Jersey contributing to Pittsman-Robertson again by sending copious amounts of .223 and 7.62×39 downrange?

11 thoughts on “Hey NSSF – Research This”

  1. Sebastian,

    There are no bans on “assault weapons” in Maryland. Only a blanket ban on certain types of assault pistols not registered before June 1, 1994. You can own an “assault weapon” in any configuration here today provided it goes through the 8 day waiting period. Certain types of “assault weapons” are exempt either because they are explicitly done so on the MD regulated long gun list or because they are absent from the list and not a copy of a weapon on the list.

    For example, the Colt AR-15 HBAR Sporter is exempted by name from being a regulated arm and the FS2000 and PS90 are not subject to any waiting period because they are not copies of any arm on that list.

    Maryland does not have a “cosmetic feature test” for an “assault weapon” the way California does under Robert-Roos. In fact, other than for “May Issue” CCW and the 8 day waiting period/1 regulated gun a month (which can be waived by a one page notarized ‘collectors permit’), Maryland is the free-est of the so-called “Seven Sister” of gun control paradises. It hasn’t gone into the abyss like other states have.

  2. I was referring to the assault pistol ban. I didn’t change my language for the sake of brevity, but Maryland does ban some ugly guns.

  3. I had planned to go blasting with my AK this weekend, but with all the rain and flooding in this area of Wisconsin I don’t think the rounds will ever reach the target. Too many mosquitoes bullet path.

  4. How many machine gun shoots take place annually?

    I know there is:
    Knob Creek in KY.
    Bulletfest in OH.
    Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show.

    Google gives up:

    The Big Sandy Shoot (AZ).
    Fort Morgan MG Shoot (CO).
    Dry Creek MG Shoot (AZ).
    Cheyenne Wells Colorado Volunteer Fire Dept. Machine Gun Shoot.
    The Banned of Brothers annual Texas Machine Gun Shoot.
    Mustang Range Machine-Gun Shoot (NV).

    I’m still looking for more.

  5. There’s no ban on AR-15’s in New York State; I own one. Just can’t have more than 3 “scary features” at any given time on the rifle. Yeah, it’s stupid, but until we can get rid of our own “assault weapons ban” that mirrored the now-defunct Federal one, it is what it is.

  6. It’s interesting to ponder though, how you justify that scary features have any effect on a compelling government interest that justifies overcoming the second amendment.

  7. Not that I want to defend Hawaii’s gun laws, but there isn’t actually an “assault weapon ban” here. You need a permit to acquire and must register your guns, but the only restrictions on what you can actually buy are on magazines for handguns. This has been interpreted by the gun stores to mean any magazine capable of being accepted by a handgun, and therefore they don’t sell any rifle magazines with greater than 10-round capacities, but that requirement has never been legally stated. Unless you meant NFA weapons, which are indeed verboten out here. Not that any of this is acceptable of course, but we did manage to stop the .50 cal ban and the ammunition coding bills out here. The giant is being felled, one duck bite at at time.

  8. Tens of thousands of legally-configured “off-list-lower” receivers for ARs and AKs have been lawfully purchased in California over the last few years — kicking holes in the teeth of the CA Assault Weapons Ban — with the knowledge, opposition, but eventual acceptance of our Bureau of Firearms. You see ’em at the range, too. We’re shooting ’em!

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