The next section of HF 241 – Alice Hausman’s gun grab bill focused on so-called “assault weapons” – is a little bit confusing:
3.4(2) semi-automatic pistol, or any semi-automatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle with a fixed magazine, that has the capacity to accept more than seven rounds of ammunition;
Does this section mean “any semi-automatic pistol with a magazine capacity of over seven rounds” is banned, as well as fixed-magazine rifles? Or does it only refer to “semi-automatic pistols with fixed magazines of greater than seven rounds”?
I’m not trying to be tendentious here; it could refer to semi-auto pistols with fixed magazines, although I can think of only one…:
…the Mauser C96, and it has an eight-round fixed magazine.
But I suspect it means “semi auto pistols with more than seven round magazines, or any semi-auto rifle with a fixed magazine of greater than seven rounds”.
Which means this pistol…:
…the classic Colt M1911 .45 calibre with its seven round magazine, is legal, while this one…:
…the SIG P220 .45 with its eight-round magazine, is not.
Beyond that? “Semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines” holding more than seven rounds include…:
…Grampa’s M1 Garand from World War 2.
The WW2-era Swedish Ljungmann I used to own?
Ten-round semi-detachable magazine (you could detach them, but only for cleaning or clearing jams).
Or the SKS – a Russian design that’s become one of the most popular deer-hunting rifles in America?
Yep, it’s got the ten-round fixed magazine. It’s cheap (under $300 up until before the election) and ubiquitous – and, apparently, an “assault weapon” in Alice Hausman’s curious little world.