Kerry said, For people who think handling assault weapons "is going to make your life," he said, "we got a place for you to go do it. It's called the United States armed forces."
Actually, that is full of half truths. In the military you get full automatic weapons (machine guns). Which you have not been able to legally buy those since 1934 without a lot of paperwork. Some semi-automatic weapons (assault weapons) had certain features that were banned for ten years. One major thing that was banned was large capacity magazine for you handguns and you semi-automatic weapons, you can now buy a 15 round clip for you glock .40 caliber instead of a 10 round clip. Glock also makes a 17 round clip, but I don't know about the status of those.
You could still buy semi-automatics (assault weapons), without the banned features. The gun control lobby has won a great victory using the term assault weapons, but that is another topic altogether.
But you can still get fully automatic weapons.
Here are some links.
Impact Online Store (sound, might want to turn off speakers at work)
Can I Legally Own A Machine Gun (or a Suppressor)?
Legalities of N.F.A. (National Firearms Act) Ownership
How To Order (just jump to the bottom for this one)
Which my argument for owning a military grade weapons is I want the biggest gun on the block. If the world goes post apocalyptic, I will not be the first one down.
update: I was a little confused as to wheater or not i could buy a brand spanking new machine gun. Well i found out the answer.
It has been unlawful since 1934 (The National Firearms Act) for civilians to own machine guns without special permission from the U.S. Treasury Department. Machine guns are subject to a $200 tax every time their ownership changes from one federally registered owner to another, and each new weapon is subject to a manufacturing tax when it is made, and it must be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) in its National Firearms Registry.
Since the Firearms Owners' Protection Act of May 19, 1986, ownership of newly manufactured machine guns has been prohibited to civilians. Machine guns which were manufactured prior to the Act's passage are regulated under the National Firearms Act, but those manufactured after the ban cannot ordinarily be sold to or owned by civilians.
I am all for repealing the firearms owner's protection act of 1986, who is with me.