Bye-Bye AWB

I can barely believe it’s actually happened. We’ve been watching and waiting for this day for 10 years and it’s finally here.

The semi-auto “assault weapon” farce is finally over!

From the ATF website

Semiautomatic Assault Weapon Update

By statute, the prohibitions relating to semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices expired on September 13, 2004. As a result, certain sections of the Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, and its implementing regulations, 27 CFR Part 478, are no longer in effect.

Read the FAQ, the Fact Sheet and the open letter to dealers/importers

One important point to remember is that the sunset of this ban will not allow newly manufactured semi-auto’s into the country if they do not meet the definition of “sporting” as determined by the ATF. Non-sporting rifles were banned from import in 1989 under a different provision. The 1989 law is why any new semi-auto “assaut rifles” hitting the market will be U.S. made and contain the required number of U.S. parts. What does that mean? It means the “pre-ban” German made HK91 and other exotic imports are still going to be expensive collectors items.

It’s somewhat ironic that the rifle I’ll order tomorrow isn’t a semi-auto let alone an “assault-rifle” 🙂

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