1986 Machine Gun Ban Was a Parliamentary Scam

ar.15.com is all abuzz with the discovery of archival footage—after twenty-four-years searching—of the vote that ushered the Hughes Amendment into law. It’s clear that the Speaker disregarded both the voice vote AND the electronic roll call vote to insert the Hughes Amendment (banning private ownership machine guns) into the wider Firearms Owners Protection Act, based on the voice vote he gaveled as passed. Since ’86, some 1300 people have been jailed for violation of the Hughes amendment.