you couldn't have it for hunting
but you could in the house.
Most shotguns, in the 60's and 70's anyway, that I recall had a removable plug. You had the plug installed for bird, squirrell, rabbit, small game hunting. If you acutally used the shotgun for deer with buckshot or slugs loaded you could remove the plug and load 5 shells.
The AR10 and AR15, which most supporting more gun control would call an assault weapon, are used for hunting believe it or not. I saw a report on the AR10 recently on CBS where the commentator was discussing why people like it. He gave it a good report for accuracy, sighting system, handling, etc. CBS and it's commentators are not radical right wing nuts.
I asked guys at work who hunted. None of the guys I talked to acutally owned one, but a couple had fired one and again the gun performed well and handled well.
You could change the appearance probably without changing any of the functions. Let's be honest, most people who hear assault weapon the main things they see in their mind are the carrying grip, the cooling jacket design, the general outline of the military weapon. It's normally not any functional attribute that the general public thinks of regarding assault weapon, other than the often wrong subconcious association with full automatic fire. You an thank the Rambo style movies for that.
Actually the violent movie and shooter games almost always feature a military appearing weapon. Once someone decides they're going badass and shoot up somewhere, that imagery probably influences their preference of weapon as much as the functionality.
The very term assault weapon is prejudicial and inflammatory for the same imagery. Any gun control should be defined by technical specs of functionality, not for appearance or fear of a word.
IMO, the first step in gun control is better background checks, even if that means a defined minimum waiting period. The opposite side is the determination of someone's ineligibillity for gun purchase or conceal weapon carry permits must be fair. I don't know of it happening but in NC if the local head sheriff (county office) decides you shouldn't have a conceal carry permit you have to appeal, and it's his decision, he doesn't have to justify it. If you don't have a felony, even if you're known to be a hothead and he does like you, he can give you the permit. If you ran campaigned for his opponent the last election, he might decide you're unreliable. If you gave him a lot of support he may decide to give you one inspite of some questionable incidents in your past.
Now I'm not a gun enthusiast, but I don't like the possibility of such abuse of power.
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