A current petition is calling on Congress to repeal the 1986 Hughes Amendment, which prohibits law-abiding citizens from owning fully-automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986.
Although there are only two known cases of legally owned fully automatic weapons being used in a crime, the repeal is unlikely to become law.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, doesn’t expect a change in federal law regarding machine guns at all.
“You have to realize that there’s about a dozen other areas of legislation for firearms rights that I think Congress wants to deal with first. So, it’s probably low down on the priority list.” Gottlieb told Guns.com.
This may be a reason why the current petition only has little more than 33,630 signatures. It requires 100,000 signatures by Sunday to get a response from the White House.
The good news is that many other bills are making headway in Congress. Most notably is the Hearing Protection Act. If passed, it will remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act, allowing shooters to use the devices.
“I believe that we’re going to pass the Hearing Protection Act in Congress and get it signed into law,” Gottlieb said. “I think there’s a lot of broad support for it that crosses both the political parties. So I’m looking forward to see that becoming law, and saving the rest of my hearing.”
So, while our ears may soon be protected from gunfire, the only way most of us will be able to get some trigger time on fully-automatic machine guns will be at a machine gun shoot, like the one hosted at Knobb Creek each year.
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