Last month, Rep. Ted Deutch, civilian disarmament advocate and Florida Man extraordinaire, introduced HR 1263 in the US House of Representatives. The bill would amend the internal revenue code to bring any “semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device” under NFA regulation.
Translation: If passed into law — and passage in the House seems a sure bet if it comes up for a vote — anyone who owns an AR-15 rifle would have to register it as an NFA item. But wait, there’s more.
It’s not just those scary black weapons of war that Deutch wants to keep track of, either. Own a Ruger 10/22? Register it. Mini-14 or Mini Thirty? Register them. How about that non-frightening Browning BAR hunting rifle? Register it, too. Because if you don’t…congratulations, you’re a felon.
You can read the bill here. This is the important part:
Any person who, on the date of the enactment of this Act, lawfully owns or possesses a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun (as defined in section 5845(a) of such Code, as amended by this Act) that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device (as defined in such section) shall, not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, register the semiautomatic rifle or shotgun in accordance with section 5841 of such Code. Such registration shall become a part of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record required to be maintained by such section. The prohibition on possession of an unregistered firearm under section 5861 of such Code shall not apply to possession of such a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun that has the capacity to accept such a detachable ammunition feeding device on any date that is 120 days or less after the enactment of this Act.
Because do something. Because you can’t get to confiscation without registration. Because guns.