Tue 6 Dec 2005
It’s no secret that I was excited when the federal assault rifle ban expired September 10th of this year. The ban was ironically laughable because, in fact, it didn’t prohibit the sell of assault rifles. As I understand, it merely restricted the selling of a rifle with more than a few assault rifle features* MANUFACTURED after the ban went into effect. During the ten year reign, it was always possible to purchase pre-ban assault rifles. Silly.
So now it’s gone and I’m not alone in my desire to collect a few cool firearms. My favorites? The M-16 (or AR-15), the AK-47 and the Uzi. Now, if only I had a few thousand dollars to spare…
Did you know that you can shoot automatic weapons at Utah’s shooting ranges? Well, I have it on very good authority that you can. Remember, the family that shoots together, stays together!
I am aware that two such ranges exist here in Utah:
One (from our favorite Dell Schanze, of Totally Awesome fame):
Totally Awesome Guns
4075 West 4715 South
Salt Lake City Utah, 84118
and the other, down in Springville:
Range Masters of Utah, L.C.
Spring Creek Industrial Park
712 W. 1300 N.
Springville, Utah 84663
Final note — I am told that it is possible to apply for and obtain an automatic firearm permit. That’s crazy. If you thought a concealed weapons (pistol) permit was bad, the image of machine gun toting denizens should blow your mind. Don’t worry, as the NRA reminds us, “if we outlaw weapons, only outlaws will have weapons” and “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Whatever. What remains is that I’d really like to have a 9mm AR-15 for Christmas.
* assault rifle features include: pistol grip, flash suppressor, bayonet mount, large capacity magazine, etc.