FYI: Contrary to what Whoopi believes Automatic weapons are highly regulated and too expensive for most people to own. Like private aircraft. The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1935 mandates that all automatic weapons purchased by a private citizen must be licensed by the federal government and a 200 dollar transfer tax must be paid for each weapon purchased. They must be purchased from or through a dealer with a Class III Federal firearms dealers license (FFL). Sales of Class III NFA firearms from one private person to another are prohibited. Possession of an unlicensed NFA firearm can get you ten years in prison, or, in the case of the Branch Davidians , shot dead by the ATF. Some states, like Illinois, prohibit any possession of NFA firearms with in their borders. In 80 years legally licensed NFA firearms have been used to commit a crime only twice and one of those times it was in the hands of a crooked cop. The NFA of 1985 froze the number of automatic weapons that may be privately owned for all time to weapons made and registered prior to May 1985. This is one reason so many action movies and TV shows are being made in Canada these days. Canada has restrictive gun laws but they didn’t freeze the number of automatic weapons that can be licensed to private entities like Movie studios 30 years ago. In addition to the tax breaks that Canada provides, this makes it cheaper and less of a paper work drill for movie companies to get the props they want.
Whoopi Goldberg seems to be under the impression that automatic weapons are available to the general public. During episode of "The View," Goldberg pleaded with Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul on gun control and said that she couldn't understand why "anyone objects to getting rid of automatic...
Whoopi Goldberg seems to be under the impression that automatic weapons are available to the general public.
Duringepisode of “The View,” Goldberg pleaded with Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul on gun control and said that she couldn’t understand why “anyone objects to getting rid of automatic weapons.”
Automatic weapons are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and not available to the general public. Individuals must first be approved by the federal government for a special license by paying a $200 fee to the Internal Revenue Service and going through a process with the Treasury Department.
“Automatic weapons, they’re not for hunting. They do nothing — they’re only there to kill. And you’ll notice that a lot of things that happened are with automatic weapons,” she claimed to Paul. “When we see that why don’t we say, ‘Who really needs to have one other than people that are at war?’”
“What we have is not automatic weapons. It’s semi-automatic.”
The crowd erupted in applause before Paul could explain that the very weapons Goldberg was referring to are already unavailable to the general public.
“Truly automatic weapons we don’t have,” he said. “We banned truly automatic weapons in I think 1934.”
Goldberg interjected, “But we still got a lot of them Rand. C’mon!”
“What we have is not automatic weapons,” Paul quipped back. “It’s semi-automatic. So they fire in a fairly fast sequence, but you can’t pull the trigger and they come like a machine gun. Those are no longer out there.”
Paul then explained that “people do hunt and people also do shooting and sports shooting and target shooting” with semi-automatic weapons.
“Come to Kentucky and I’ll introduce you,” he told Goldberg. “There are a lot of people who like and enjoy this as a sport.”
Paul added, “But the other problem is if we take ownership away of specific types of guns, you really have to modify — something that big has to be either legislation or possibly a Constitutional amendment.”