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Which team does Moveon PAC play for............

by Del McMullen / September 14, 2004 7:56 AM PDT

It sure ain't Bush ! So who does that leave ?

This latest ad from Moveon PAC is about as misleading as it can be. Through words, graphics and sound effects, it invites viewers to think that the expiration of the ban on 19 semiautomatic assault weapons will allow people legally to buy fully automatic machine guns that can fire "up to 300 rounds per minute." That's false.

It has been illegal to buy a machine gun without federal clearance since 1934, and remains so.

The ad also claims that Bush "will let the assault weapon ban expire," which is misleading. In fact, Bush spoke in support of the ban during his campaign four years ago and his spokesman said as recently as May of last year that he still supported it. It was Congress that failed to consider extending the ban and didn't present Bush with a bill to sign.

This ad shows an AK47 assault rifle on screen. The announcer says "it can fire up to 300 rounds per minute" and "in the hands of terrorists, it could kill hundreds." A rapid burst of machine-gun fire is heard. The announcer says Kerry "would keep them illegal" while Bush "will let the assault weapon ban expire."

MoveonPAC Ad


Announcer: This is an assault weapon. It can fire up to 300 rounds a minute. It?s the weapon most feared by our police. In the hands of terrorists it could kill hundreds. That?s why they?re illegal. John Kerry, a sportsman and a hunter, would keep them illegal.

But on Sept. 13th, George Bush will let the assault weapon ban expire. George Bush says he?s making America safer. Who does he think he?s kidding?

MoveonPAC is responsible for the content of this advertisement.

Each of those statements is literally true, standing alone. But taken together they suggest Bush is legalizing machine guns, and constitute false political advertising.

Machine Guns Still Illegal

Contrary to what the ad clearly implies, any weapon that can fire 300 rounds per minute remains illegal for civilians to own without specific clearance by the US Department of Justice.

In fact, machine guns have been tightly regulated since the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934, in the wake of the gangster era. Legal ownership of a machine gun requires an extensive federal background check, fingerprinting, signed clearance from the chief of local law enforcement (such as a county sheriff), a $200 excise tax , and weeks of paperwork. That was true before the assault-weapon ban was enacted in 1994, and it remains true with the expiration of the ban at midnight Sept. 13, 2004.

That's made clear in a question-and-answer document posted Sept. 13 on the website of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), explaining the effect of the expiration of the assault-weapon ban:

ATF: All provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA) relating to registration and transfer of machineguns . . . still apply.

The fully automatic version of the AK47 -- pictured and described in the ad -- remains just as illegal as it was before the ban expired.

In fact, the assault-weapon ban only applied to 19 specific semiautomatic firearms (which require a separate trigger pull for each shot) as well as semiautomatic rifles that incorporate at least two military-style features from a list that included folding stocks, bayonet mounts, or flash suppressors. The full definition of previously banned weapons is contained in Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations,here .

The impression created by the ad is correct only in one respect -- the appearance of the weapon shown. It is pictured with a large-capacity magazine, which could hold perhaps 30 rounds of ammunition. Before the ban expired, only magazines holding 10 rounds were allowed. It is true that someone using a newly legal, high-capacity clip could fire more shots without reloading than before the ban. But they still couldn't fire 300 rounds per minute, or anything close to that.

Whose Fault?

The ad says "John Kerry, a sportsman and a hunter, would keep them (assault weapons) illegal." But Bush also expressed support. He said during the 2000 campaign that he supported the assault-weapon ban. And in May, 2003 the White House Press Secretary at the time, Ari Fleischer, said Bush still considered extending the ban to be "a reasonable step."

But it is also a fact that Bush was publicly committed to sign an extension if Congress passed it, and it was Congress that failed to do so.

Full article: http://www.factcheck.org/article.aspx?docid=258

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Re: Which team does Moveon PAC play for............
by Edward ODaniel / September 14, 2004 9:19 AM PDT

They are working with the Brady bunch on this and neither the Brady bunch nor the anti-gun crowd are known for considering facts and truth to be in their best interests.

Had the ban been reinstated with the changes Kerry wanted he would at this point in time be guilty of several felonies for the shotgun gift rather than just the two that presently apply.

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Now, now. We know that Moveon is against President Bush,
by Kiddpeat / September 14, 2004 1:59 PM PDT

so, by definition, anything they say is good and true. It sounds like the Michael Moore school of film.

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