So, as of 2004, the ban was lifted. But, with recent events(need I say?), I feel that an impending reinstatement of the ban will come in to effect in late January/early February. I understand some of the views of Obama. A beta magazine that holds 100 rounds? You're right. It's pointless, hell, I wouldn't want them with my rifle even if I were still in the Air Force. I feel like the government is taking the easy way out and saying "f*ck it, ban em' all", when that is not the answer. This is a complex situation that requires an equally complex answer. Here are the problems: 1. No background checks at gun conventions. What this basically means is that a convicted felon can go in and buy ANY weapon he wants without being investigated/questioned. What's the answer? Cancel all gun conventions for three months an give the ATF(Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) three months to establish a sub-division that deploys to these gun conventions and put the agents in charge of gun sales and hold all weapons until a background check is completed. Have local law enforcement give a list of all convicted felons to the bouncers at the front gate, and make all convention-goers present ID and cross-check the name with the list of felons. 2. The variety of magazine sizes. This is an easy fix. As stated above nobody in the world needs a 100-round magazine on a semi-automatic rifle. Simply ban them and establish some sort of trade-in program (mags for gas card, cash, etc.) where people who have them (a very small percentage) trade them in. 3. There are already too many mentally-ill people that own guns or have easy access to them. The fix is a not so easy one, but it's doable. What they need to do is have a massive joint operation between all federal, and state enforcement agencies investigate EVERYONE who owns a rifle. Does this sound plausible? Not really. But, we're the United States of America, where we can defeat a 1-million-man army in 23 days and overcome some of the worst tragedies known to man and still be the strongest nation in the world. It IS possible. I understand that there are millions of millions of gun owners. If this is too much for them to handle, then send out a questionnaire that is built to determine a person's mental health levels to all gun-owners. They have two options, complete it and send it back, or have their licenses revoked. Tell me what you think. I know this mainly pertains to Americans, but all...most... input is appreciated.