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RobatHrly Member Posts: 478 ✭✭✭
edited April 2006 in Gun Rights and Constitutional Law
Is there a handgun or firearms ban in the Treaty that is prposed?
You are correct in that the Clinton "Assault Weapon Ban" of 1994, which covers things like flash hiders for the muzzle, bayonet lugs capable of mounting a military bayonet, magazine capacity, adjustable length stocks, and pistol grips on rifles and shotguns, are among the cosmetic features that comprised the law which expired in 2004.
Unfortunately the "executive order" signed by papa Bush in 1989, which halted the importation of semi-automatic rifles that could not meet certain "sporting" criteria into the U.S. is STILL IN EFFECT. That ban was later made into law on November 30, 1990 and subsequently amended in 1993.
That law specifically stated it was illegal to assemble a rifle or shotgun from imported parts unless a certain percentage of parts that were manufactured here in the U.S. were included in the complete assembly.
The 1989 Importation Ban listed 20 parts that were considered by our government to be essential in the making of a non-sporting rifle and those parts are listed below. An individual that wanted to assemble a banned firearm from a parts kit could not use more than 10 parts that were not produced here in the U.S. and included in this list. (You have to use 10 US made parts)
1) Frames, receivers, receiver castings, forgings, or stampings.
3) Barrel extensions
4) Mounting blocks
5) Muzzle attachments
7) Bolt carriers
8) Operating rods
9) Gas pistons
10) Trigger housings
16) Pistol grips
17) Forearms, handguards
18) Magazine bodies
19) Magazine followers
20) Magazine floorplates
Hope this answers your question.