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Posted: 8/28/2002 4:08:00 AM EDT
I saw this over at FreeRepublic and thought it would be worth some discussion here. (CNSNews.com) - Current federal law threatens veterans with possible prison terms and hefty fines if they keep the machine guns they used during their war service prior to 1968. But two congressmen are trying to change the law and a leading veterans' group says it's about time. U.S. Reps. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) have introduced legislation that would allow veterans to keep the machine guns they brought home as souvenirs following their service in America's military. Cannon the legislation would give veterans 90 days in which to register their firearms with the Treasury Department. But there is a stipulation. In order to qualify, a member of the Armed Forces while stationed outside the continental United States must have acquired the firearms before October 31, 1968. The legislation would also allow family members to register firearms inherited from veterans. "When they (America's veterans) returned home they focused on reuniting with their family, securing an education, and building a home-not on wading through the burdensome bureaucracy associated with registering a firearm," Gibbons said. "Now the machine guns they brought back are illegal and cannot be registered, and veterans or their family members are required to surrender them to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for destruction," Cannon said. "In many cases these war relic firearms are worth thousands of dollars. But in all cases they are meaningful souvenirs for our nation's veterans." The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had no comment on the legislation, according to a spokesman. But AMVETS, one of the nation's leading veterans' organizations, applauded the legislation, calling it an effort to clarify the present federal law, according to spokesman Rick Jones. "Veterans should not be considered criminals for having and holding these souvenirs," said Jones. "These type of firearms represent a moment in their lives where there was extreme danger. The bill deals appropriately with how veterans should be treated should they possess these firearms. "We know that veterans sometimes decorate their halls with a firearm captured from World War Two. The machine gun should be declared inoperable to conform with the laws of the United States. But to declare these veterans as criminals for having these firearms, we think is wrong," Jones added.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 4:30:46 AM EDT
What is needed is another amnesty, this one a year long (unlike the [u]month[/u] given in 1968) and advertised throughout the country. Imagine the price of a WWII Thompson falling to $1,000.00! [:D] That is why such an amnesty program would never be supported by the [u]entire[/u] gun culture! Some idiots only think of how freedom may adversely affect their pocketbook. Eric The(AMachineGunInEveryHome)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 6:44:46 AM EDT
While I certainly have no problem with this bill, it just seems – well – strange! I’ve got to suspect this bill is being proposed to benefit one specific person who is politically well connected! Note that AMVETS' response deals with not treating the veterans as criminals, it’s pretty vague re: the disposition of the firearms. (Anyone remember the term DEWAT’s?)
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 10:12:30 AM EDT
This bill is not needed at all. There is already something in place that affirms the right to own WHATEVER weapons one wants. It is called the 2nd Amendment.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 10:39:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: This bill is not needed at all. There is already something in place that affirms the right to own WHATEVER weapons one wants. It is called the 2nd Amendment.
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Hmmmm. Now we get to debate whether the 2nd amendment says "The People being necessary to ensure the freedom of all shall be able to keep any firearms they choose, both semi and auto." Or does it just say, "...the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". That is ALWAYS fun!!!
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 10:56:33 AM EDT
I forsee about a million Stens, PPshs, 1919A4s, etc, mysteriously appearing in astonishingly new condition and being claimed as a family heirloom. Hell yeah! I'm in!
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 11:56:39 AM EDT
i was thinking about that 2 alot of first gen subguns coming up as hearlooms. maybe some belt feds also.
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