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W A S H I N G T O N

by

S TAT E

Dave Kopel

D

id you know the Winchester 1903,
a .22-caliber rifle that has a
10-round tube magazine, is a
"semi-automatic assault rifle"? In fact, every
semi-automatic rifle is a "semi-automatic
assault rifle." So says Michael Bloomberg, and
he is poised to turn his definition into law.

Under Bloomberg's
proposed Washington
law, semi-automatic
rifles or handguns of
any type would be
subjected to onerous
new restrictions and
taxes, discouraging
their possession and
lawful use.

The gun-banner epithet "assault
weapon" has always been a deceit.
Unlike other firearm terms-such
as "handgun" or "bolt action"-the
phrase "assault weapon" has never
had a fixed meaning. Instead, the
phrase is a euphemism for "as many
firearms as we can restrict, based on
current political conditions." Back in
, then-Sen. Dennis DeConcini,
d-Ariz., introduced an "assault
weapons" bill to ban only nine specific
models of firearms. But that was what
the prohibitionists call "a good first
step." Now, Bloomberg and his allies
are pushing an "assault rifle" ballot
initiative in Washington state that
would apply to every semi-automatic
rifle in existence.
Gun-banners in nations such as
Australia and Great Britain have
already succeeded in outlawing
all semi-automatic long guns. In
the United States, a big step in that
direction is this year's Washington state
ballot measure .
Bloomberg and his spokespeople

claim to support the Second Amendment,
saying they simply oppose "assault
weapons." But then they try to
classify any semi-automatic rifle as
an "assault weapon," regardless of
caliber, magazine capacity or anything
else. Under Bloomberg's proposed
Washington law, semi-automatic rifles
or handguns of any type would be
subjected to onerous new restrictions
and taxes, thus discouraging their
possession and lawful use.
One objective of the Bloomberg
strategy is stigmatization of gun
owners. Maybe you just bought a
Benelli r, or you father gave you his
Ruger /, or you cherish your
great-grandfather's Remington . You,
like all owners of semi-automatic rifles,
are being stigmatized as an "assault
rifle" owner-the kind of person who
owns "weapons of war" that have no
place in civil society.
This spring, Bloomberg organized
rallies all over the country to denounce
people who own such "assault rifles."
The hatred was palpable. Most of

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