Posted November 13, 2015 1:24 pm by Comments

By Bob Owens

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Either machine guns have a clear militia and military function, or countries around the world have been doing it wrong for over a century.

Gun Owners of America has decided to challenge the legality of the Hughes Amendment to the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) in a legal brief that could have interesting implications:

On November 2, Gun Owners of America (and its foundation) filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the federal machine gun ban, ironically passed as part of the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act.

Gun Owners not only argues that possession of machine guns by Americans is compatible with the Second Amendment, we argue that Supreme Court opinions have bolstered this view. Our brief argues that the Second Amendment is not about hunting or target shooting, but about self-defense against individuals and/or the state.

Finally, the Gun Owners’ brief ridicules those who say that fully-automatic machine guns are far too terrifying and powerful for ordinary people to own, and we take the ATF to task for its bait-n-switch tactics.

Under the Gun Control Act (“GCA”), “persons” are generally prohibited from possessing machine guns. A “person” …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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