ARP-161 - Politics and Legislation Affecting the Modern Sporting Rifle

Welcome to Episode #160 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk about political challenges the AR has faced since being introduced to the civilian market in 1963.

Network News: NRA Show Listener Meet Up

Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe on Saturday May 21st at 7pm. “If they can say "Ambidextrous" as well as I can I'll buy them a drink.” - Jake

Main Topic



Gun Control Act of 1968

Required a serial number.

Established the FFL System

FOPA- 1986

Banned new automatic weapons for civilian ownership (Hughes Amendment)

Interstate long gun sales, ammo sales

Registry prohibition

"Safe Passage" provision

Clarification of prohibited persons

AWB -1994-2004

A prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons.

Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
Folding or telescoping stock
Pistol grip
Bayonet mount
Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
Grenade launcher mount

Large capacity ammunition feeding device… 10 rounds

AWB-2013- Failed

Within hours after the Sandy Hook mass murder

NRA’s LaPierre: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”

Feinstein introduced; 1-feature AW test; 150 named guns; mags >10 rounds

Failed in Senate in April, 40 to 60

AWB -2015

Dec 16, 2015

Much support has been lost for these bans, shifted to opposition

Barrel shrouds, pistol grips, collapsible stocks, semi-auto rifles, pistols and shotguns




States with current AWBs







New Jersey

New York




Future Challenges




2016 Elections

California AWB

--Leland Yee, CA State Senator - 60mo in fancy prison for bribery, no weapons charges

US Court of Appeals on Maryland’s AWB

-Supreme Court hasn’t taken up a case since 2008 (DC v Heller)

Hearing Protection Act

-silencers treated as long guns, no more $200 tax stamp

-Rand Paul just hopped onboard to co-sponsor w/ Mike Lee


Travis Wilde

A. Nothing with the elections coming. Nothing drums up political activism by our side like threatening gun rights and the anti-gunners know it.
B. Depends on election results. Democrats will continue their attacks on gun rights if they remain.
C. Harder to say. There is a lot of people coming on to our side and they feel like us. At the same time the anti-gunners efforts are only getting stronger and more organized. Yall think we will see another attempt at "assault weapons" ban in that time? I think it won't happen.

Sean Snyder

A. I need to aquire one before this time frame.
B. I should have at least 3 AR style rifles by then

C. Better buy another safe. ...

Nick Foglio

A = complete my pistol build under budget.
B= ted cruz
C= enjoy my black rifle addiction or participate in next American Revolution.....

Jason Fullmer

A. Buy 2 more lowers and form 1 them before July (ATF 41F changes).
B. Buy any hi-cap mags I want and stock up on 5.56/.223 before November (predicting a rush and panic buying).
C. If everything goes to hell politically, move to Texas because they'll probably secede by then.