Yesterday’s post equated to a slammin’ good time. A number of you sent me your thoughts. My personal favorite was the dude that asked, “How can you be so naive?” Lol!
“Striker” posted in the comments section a link to a video providing a great, unbiased comparison of the AR-15 and the AK-47. That link is here: http://www.dumpalink.com/videos/The_m16_versus_the_ak47-e1f4.html
“Daniel W” said the term “banana clip” drives gun enthusiasts nuts. Why? Does “chiquita clip” sound better?
Lastly, “Arty” asked how he can own an AR-15 in California. Let’s address this question now.
You can’t! From the NRA’s website on California law:
It is unlawful to offer for sale, give or lend any “assault weapon” or .50 caliber BMG rifle. It is unlawful to possess an “assault weapon” or a .50 caliber BMG rifle unless it is properly registered with the state. The registration period for “assault weapons” and .50 caliber BMG rifles has ended. If an individual has an unregistered “assault weapon” or a .50 caliber BMG rifle after the registration period has ended, they must relinquish the firearm to law enforcement. Anyone with a registered “assault weapon” or .50 caliber BMG rifle wishing to legally dispose of the firearm can: sell it to a dealer with an “assault weapons” permit (for such firearms) and a .50 caliber BMG rifle permit (for such rifles); or with both type of permits; relinquish it to local law enforcement (after making an appointment); remove the “assault weapon” or .50 BMG caliber rifle from the state or destroy it.
Here’s the kicker:
Any person inheriting a registered “assault weapon” or .50 caliber BMG rifle has 90 days to render the weapon permanently inoperable, sell to an approved firearms dealer, obtain a permit from the Department of Justice to possess firearms, or move the gun out of state.
In other words, no handing it down to your kids. They want to rid the state of them entirely.
California has defined “assault weapon” this way:
(1) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following:
(A) A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
(B) A thumbhole stock.
(C) A folding or telescoping stock.
(D) A grenade launcher or flare launcher.
(E) A flash suppressor.
(F) A forward pistol grip.
(2) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
(3) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.
(4) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following:
(A) A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer.
(B) A second handgrip.
(C) A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning his or her hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel.
(D) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
(5) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
(6) A semiautomatic shotgun that has both of the following:
(A) A folding or telescoping stock.
(B) A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, thumbhole stock, or vertical handgrip.
(7) A semiautomatic shotgun that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine.
(8) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
Source: http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/dwcl/12275.php You can also read the very stiff penalties for breaking this law.
Also interesting to note is that California police record all dealer handgun sales. Private sale option? Nope, sales must go through a licensed dealer.
You’ll see some firearms manufacturers advertise “California Legal” assault rifles, but they’re in appearance only. They don’t have detachable magazines. You feed a maximum of ten rounds into the magazine well.
Sorry, Arty, bro. Call The Govinater and make your opinion known. Tell him it’s not fair that he gets to play with them on the movie set, but you can’t at the range.
This makes me wonder, though. Are there any bolt-action rifles out there with detachable, high capacity magazines? I mean seriously, the zombies are coming!