Common sense enforcement of current gun laws to prevent mass shootings.
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Mass shootings occur frequently in this country because of easy access to destructive weapons that have no sporting purpose. The National Firearms Act already provides language for regulating the sale, importation, and ownership destructive wepons that have no sporting purpose. However, modern assault rifles like the AR-15, semiautomatic kalashnikov rifle (AK-47), sig sauer MCX assault rifle, semiautomatic FN FAL rifles and their variants are not covered by the National Fire Arms act. This has allowed mass shooters easy access to powerful semiautomatic versions of military rifles allowing them to kill and wound countless innocent men, women and children. We are calling on the President and Congress to amend the National Firearms Act to include semiautomatic versions of military rifles, weapons that have proven themselves to be highly destructive, and to have no sporting purpose. This would force those wanting to purchase these destructive wepons to obtain approval from the ATF, pass an extensive background check to include submitting a photograph and fingerprints, fully register the firearm, receive ATF written permission before moving the firearm across state lines, and pay a tax. This would not affect the majority of the guns that americans use for hunting, target shooting, and self defense. Revolvers, lever action rifles, bolt action rifles, pistols, shotguns and semiautomatic rifles with out detachable magizines would not be affected.
Additionaly start new legislation that would ban the sale of rifle, pistol, and shotgun magizines with a capacity greater than thirteen rounds. This would dramaticaly deminish the ability of mass shooters to fire rapidly, but still protect the sporting and self defense gun uses of the average american.
The National Fire Arms act was originally drafted in 1934 in response to gangland crime, and has been updated twice by congress in 1968, and in 1986. It is time to update it again for the needs of twenty-first century americans.
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