PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION OF .50 CALIBER RIFLES
The proposal would ban the sale or possession of all rifles of .50 caliber or larger. The particular target of this legislation is the .50 Browning Machine Gun (.50 BMG) cartridge as used in a number of bolt action and semi automatic target rifles. The proposal is based on the premise that rifles of this caliber or larger are intended for military purposes only and have no legitimate civilian or sporting purpose. Moreover, it is contended that these rifles are potential weapons of choice for violent criminals, international and domestic terrorists, militias, and cults.
The proposed legislation attempts to demonize a particular group of rifles based on their physical characteristics. Using claims that range from exaggeration to being demonstrably false, these rifles are falsely represented as a threat to public safety if not national security.
This is a case of attempting to create a problem where none exists. We are convinced that if this legislation is enacted, the sponsors will be back next session using the same arguments against another long-range cartridge. This is a campaign against a skill as well as against a rifle.
The FCSA and its members have provided the country with a valuable service in the development and refinement of the .50 BMG cartridge for long-range precision shooting. When the military needed it, it was ready, along with the knowledge base to insure effective implementation. They deserve a commendation, not condemnation.
This legislation should not be enacted.
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