One reader sent me some comments that it is not 100% illegal for a civilian to own automatic weaponry. He described the procedure involved, and it is lengthy and expensive and involves a lengthy background check. It is not illegal, though. For the average citizen, however, it is a real pain in the ass. The 1934 National Firearms Act is involved, as well as the Reagan era Hughes Amendment. I don't think it is worth doing a rewrite, but I do think I can pass it along. Thank you, spamtrap.
A few technical notes - I have a tendency to confuse clips with magazines when discussing firearms. There is a difference and I let it slip in 116. Also, assault weapons fire intermediate rounds, not the more powerful full rifle rounds. I fixed both. Thanks.
I don't want to get into an argument with anybody about gun control. Right now the nation is going through this, and I think if I asked a hundred people what should be done, I would get back a hundred answers. Please don't tell me what Carl would do, because he's a Republican or because he's an Army vet, or whatever. I guarantee not every member of any group you mention will agree.
The same applies to the rest of the Contract with America (or Contract on America, as some have called it.) Regardless of your political philosophy, it was a big part of the Congressional fun and games in the '90s. If Carl wanted to be known as a serious player, he would be involved in it. Most of the various elements were cribbed straight from the real Contract, whether you agree with them or not. Just because I write about them does not mean I agree with them 100%. Please don't bother telling me how stupid/evil/hateful/wrong I am. I can get that from my wife for free.