As many friends know, I have always loved shooting at ranges and have some experience with military grade weapons. https://www.facebook.com/laser.mark.3/posts/1228848487260395
And I am happy to support citizens that come to my shop to get their home made guns made legal to California’s tighter identification requirements.
That said, I will never own an assault style weapon and do not believe they belong in civilian hands without a fully completed Federal Firearms License (FFL). This is because, even in semi-auto mode, a weapon capable of rapidly reloading more than 20 rounds has a killing capability far too great to be in unlicensed hands.
The FFL has rigid requirements. The most important of these is that the applicant must be proven that he or she is not a “Prohibited Person” per ATF regulations. Those 13 restrictions cover everything from arrests, mental illness, domestic violence and use of controlled substances. And some states have even tougher limits on such weapons that can further limit the ability to get the FFL.
As for all the existing assault style weapons, I suggest that they must have a 20 round or less magazine Welded Permanently onto their lower receivers. Reloading becomes manual, bullet by bullet, either through the ejector port, or through substantial weapon disassembly. Bullet buttons, which require a tool for removing empty magazines, work too quickly to be effective. We must give victims time enough for a chance to flee or fight when the gun is empty.
Welding a fixed manually reloadable magazines turns an assault rifle into a small varmint hunting rifle also useful for home defense. After all most deer rifles hold less than 7 rounds and they are manually loaded.
This is a straightforward means to respect the Second Amendment by allowing qualified American citizens to own powerful weapons while insuring their actions are well regulated via the FFL.
This is a progressive and practical pathway to proceed. – Mark
ps This would not stop all gun violence. Pistols will still kill. Virginia Tech massacres will still be possible. though on the average the death toll will be reduced without abundant assault rifles with high capacity quick change magazines.
pps I also tell my law enforcement friends to please load their guns with a starting blank ahead of their 14 other bullets. There is no defense for surprise attack. Unless they are on a SWAT attack, it is their duty to lessen the chance of accidental or unnecessary deadly force with a quarter second of warning.