The AWB is now gone. For those who do not know it, the AWB bans any new rifles with more than two of the following features:
heat sheild (the perforated metal sleeve you see on some guns to prevent burns)
ammo capacity greater than 10 rounds
bayonet lug (small metal square near the end of the barrel that bayonets attach to)
semi automatic fire (means every time you pull the trigger, a round is shot)
Folding or telescoping stock,
Flash suppressor or a threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor,
My opinion is that gun control can be a good thing, but this law is crap and needs to go. It does not restrict most of the characteristics of guns that actually make them "more lethal." Under this law, my grandfathers .22 rifle is illegal to make. This rifle shoots the smallest, least lethal commercially available ammo and has a magazine that takes several minutes to reload/swap out. It would be almost impossible to use this to kill anyone.
On the other hand, my 30.06 mauser is NOT banned. It is a Nazi WWII sniper rifle that I have fixed up for deer hunting. In a city, a person could climb a tall building and kill pretty much anyone downtown from as far away as anyone can see. It shoots a very large, very lethal round and can accurately put it in a target a very long distance away. It can do this five times and then be reloaded rather fast.
This is why I think the law is crap, and needs to go. If it is re-written, the legislators need to actually get "gun folks" to sit down with them and get some useful advice. People who do not understand guns can not write good gun laws the same way people who have no medical background can not write good drug laws.
What are your ideas? post below.