That’s the question asked by Norris Sweidan, owner of Warrior One Guns & Ammo in Riverside, Calif., where the walls are lined with AR- and AK-style rifles modified to be legal in the state, when he told The Wall Street Journal, “They all shoot the same. These people that are passing the laws, how many of them do you think have actually shot a gun?”
The obvious answer from watching politicians talk about guns is, not many. Perhaps the best known example of a politician displaying his complete ignorance of firearms is California State Senator Kevin De Leon’s “ghost gun” monologue. Watch it below, and remember that this is a man who helped create laws for the largest state in the Union.
But De Leon is just one of the many politicians who don’t know anything about the firearms they so desperately want to regulate. When lawmakers create completely superfluous regulations, manufacturers simply work around these regulations to supply customers with the firearms they want to purchase. In the end, as Sweiden notes, they all shoot the same, more or less.
Zusha Elinson and Cameron McWhirter report for The Wall Street Journal:
California first banned the sale of guns it calls assault weapons, including AR-15 style rifles, in 1989, then updated the restrictions in 1999 and again in 2016.
An accused shooter used just such a gun last month to attack a synagogue outside San Diego, killing one and injuring three. He bought it earlier this year in California where, despite the state ban, it is legal, according to law-enforcement officials.
The AR-15 style rifle that John Earnest, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, is accused by police of using was one of many models the firearms industry has come up with to skirt the regulations put in place by the seven states that outlaw semiautomatic weapons with certain features, which they refer to as assault weapons. These odd-looking semiautomatic rifles operate similarly to ones that are banned, including the ability to rapidly fire.
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Remember, it’s always a good plan to get your guns and your training now, before politicians can prevent you from doing so.