The 1994 Assault Weapon Ban, part of the larger Clinton Crime bill package, has been expired for 15 years. The Assault Weapon Ban and its provisions were in effect for a decade and their social influences are felt strongly to this day. Our societal interest in the weapons upswung drastically the moment we were told we could no longer have them.
Technology has advanced by magnitudes both in and outside the firearm space. Information gets from one side of the nation to the other near instantly. The popularity of these rifles drove a response to various partial and total prohibitions. Tech to comply with the law and improve function was developed in spades.
We were told we couldn’t have it anymore, Assault Weapons “Banned” (except all the grandfathered ones), so of course we wanted them and wanted to know everything about them. The ban spurred more interest. No other event could or would match the ban’s generated drive.
Today we, the gun owners of the Information Age, the so called ‘Gun Culture 2.0’, we sit hearing serious talk about assault weapon bans, magazine bans, and extreme risk protection orders.