A few days after the Newtown shooting I suggested that re-classifying all semi-automatic guns as “Class III” weapons was the ideal way to enact gun control. That measure doesn’t ban anything necessarily, but makes is much harder to purchase that type of firearm. The process preserves freedom of choice but virtually eliminates crime from these weapons. To my knowledge, there has never been a crime committed using a “Class III” weapon.
Today on Fox News Sunday Diane Feinstein suggested that very thing. She clarified that her ‘assault weapons ban’ wasn’t a ban at all. It simply moved these weapons into the National Firearms Act (NFA) which would classify them as “Class II.”
Now, all that remains to see is how many loopholes gun-rights supporters are able to add into the bill. I was able to purchase a Bushmaster AR-15 during the previous ban due to loopholes in the bill. The only way to make this work is to include all semi-automatic rifles, no exceptions.