​Assault Weapons Ban Goes To Congress With Added Confusion​​

An assault weapons ban has confused at least one former FBI agent and gun experts as the proposed measure goes to Congress for review.

The proposal doesn’t seem to please most Gun Control supporters or the National Rifle Association.

One firearm model, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering.

The gun that would be protected from the ban has fixed physical features and can’t be folded to be more compact. Yet the two firearms are equally deadly.

Both models of the Ruger Mini-14 specified in the proposed bill can take detachable magazines that hold dozens of rounds of ammunition.

Gun experts say the list doesn’t make much sense.

“The bill demonstrates a shocking ignorance of the product they are purporting to regulate,’ said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of
the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association based in Newtown, Conn., that represents gun manufacturers.

“I have no idea how they arrived at this list. It would seem to be random, bordering on throwing darts at a dart board.”

“What a joke,” retired FBI agent John Hanlon survived the bureau’s deadliest shootout by a weapon that may be banned, but one that’s nearly identical may would still be okay

A bill introduced last month by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. would ban 157 specific firearms designed for military and law enforcement use and exempt others made for hunting purposes. It also would ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.But there are firearms that would be protected under Feinstein’s proposal that can take large capacity magazines like the ones used in mass shootings that enable a gunman to fire dozens of rounds of ammunition without reloading.

The Ruger model that has a fixed stock would be exempted by Feinstein’s ban; the weapon was protected in the 1994 law as well. A Ruger Mini-14 with a collapsible and folding stock would be illegal.

But the guns fire the same caliber bullet and can take detachable magazines that could hold dozens of rounds of ammunition. The folding
stock only reduces the gun’s length by 2.75 inches, according to the manufacturer’s website.