Argument: Most automatic weapons were already illegal under the National Firearms Act of 1934

Issue Report: Assault weapons ban in the United States


And contrary to public statements made recently by proponents of the ban, ‘Uzis’ as most people think of them have not become legal – the fully automatic submachine gun used in movies such as The Matrix and used by the military for the last 50 years remains banned since 1934. It is deceptive to refer to ‘Uzis’ now being available when in fact it is only the semi-automatic pistol that is meant. The 19 banned guns simply cannot convert to fully automatic fire as a military assault rifle can.”