13 September 2004
Not with a bang
This note showed up on the Web site of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:
Semiautomatic Assault Weapon Update
By statute, the prohibitions relating to semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices expired on September 13, 2004. As a result, certain sections of the Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, and its implementing regulations, 27 CFR Part 478, are no longer in effect.
This page explains matters further.
Do I feel any safer? Not especially. On the other hand, I'd just like to say that I really, really like the idea of Federal laws that actually expire.
Posted at 12:03 AM to Political Science Fiction
Why don't all laws come with an expiration date? I doubt the Republican congress would have the guts to repeal this law. As someone who prefers less laws (regardless of my feelings on the law in question), I think this provides a good template and counterbalance to political cowardice.
The best expiration clause would be, "This law shall be repealed automatically the instant a member of Congress rationalizes why he or she should not have to abide by it."
That way, most laws would be in effect for a negative amount of time.
So what happens if you try to use a law past it's expiration date?
Terkish Payne, I don't want to risk a tummy ache or anything..
"Use an expired law, go to jail."
That would be the only law not allowed to expire.
But if it's expired, how can you go to jail for it? or something.. I don't know, maybe drinking the whole bottle of cough syrup wasn't such a good idea before reading Chucky's site.
Terkish Payne, Big N, little Y, great big f-ing Q.