I Must Agree

Several people in the gun community have been bringing up the Hughes Amendment, the law that bans any machine gun manufactured after 1986 from being transferred to peasants civilians. Basically people are saying the amendment wasn’t legally passed and therefore should be invalidated. I’m agree with Snowflakes in Hell that this is a wasted effort.

My reasoning is slightly different though. The reason I believe this effort to be futile is because we’re trying to use legal policy to repeal something that was illegally passed. This sounds good on paper but there is one hitch, it was illegally passed by the exact system that makes legal policies. We’d be asking those who make the law to admit they were wrong and then get them to repeal said law. That doesn’t usually work because our government has a habit of never admitting failure and on the rare occasion they do the status quo remains because they say, “Well it’s been law this long so we might as well just leave it alone.”

The only way we could possibly get the Hughes Amendment repealed, in my opinion, is by getting a bill through. I don’t see that happening anytime soon since people seems to think machine guns are some kind of magical weapon that can destroy all of society should they become legal for lawful citizens to own (remember according to anti-gunners lawful citizens becomes blood thirsty psychopaths the second they get a gun).

2 thoughts on “I Must Agree”

  1. I think the goal should be the repeal of the Hughes Amendment and probably 922(r) as well. But in the shorter term it is probably more feasible to get suppressors removed from the NFA (not that it will help you poor suckers in MN where they will probably remain illegal).

    1. The ultimate goal would be to repeal these gun control laws but alas I think biting off the machine gun issue is a bit optimistic (sadly I’m not an optimist).

      As for getting suppressors off of the NFA list that would be great. Suppressors are only courteous to neighbors and I like to point this out every time somebody files a noise complaint against a firing range (hey could could be quieter but laws prevent it). But you’re right they’ll probably never become legal here in Minnesota.

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