Guns: Shooting Holes In a Ban

Shooting Holes In a Ban

The Bush Administration's July 1989 ban on the importation of rapid-fire assault-style rifles always seemed ineffectual. It mainly protected domestic gunmakers from competition. Last week the ban seemed still more illusory. The | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced that it could not prevent imports of guns like AK-47s if they were redesigned to remove military-style features such as large-capacity magazines, flash suppressors and bayonets. Such changes may make the rifles less deadly, but buyers can turn the guns into people killers with easy-to-get kits. Manufacturers, says Josh Sugarmann, director of the Firearms Policy Project, have "left the guts of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!