How Gunmakers Tweak Rifles to Get Around Assault Weapon Bans | WSJ

How Gunmakers Tweak Rifles to Get Around Assault Weapon Bans | WSJ

California has tried three times to ban what lawmakers call assault weapons. Each time, gunmakers have made tiny tweaks to the offending rifles, and gun shops have continued selling guns that operate nearly identically to the banned models. WSJ explains how guns have evolved in the state, and why it can be difficult to make firearm restrictions effective.

Photo: Michael Kofsky/Andria Chamberlin for The Wall Street Journal

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49 Comments

  1. blksubiesti on November 17, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    How dare these Peasants comply with our unconstitutional Tyrannical laws and actually not let us ban and take their guns…..



  2. Riccardo Betteti on November 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    This only shows California can’t make laws well enouth.
    If you make a law and someone’s able to get around it in that much time, you did a terrible job, just…fire yourself…



  3. Blk5505 on November 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Gun control doesn’t work and it’s attempt to be intelligible on the subject of firearms is absolutely pathetic and a-scientific.



  4. Leopold s on November 17, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    "Similar Features" highlights grip, barrel and trigger yeah guns might often have these in common bruh



  5. Lesco Burandun on November 17, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    When was the last time they did something in California that made sense?



  6. #ĀVREEEVANS on November 17, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    *🔴*
    *https://youtu.be/3FelgTgXslg*



  7. Bhum Brahmavira on November 17, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Shall not be infringed.



  8. Jesse James on November 17, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Meanwhile I live in a Constitional carry state, and we haven’t had a mass shooting in so long, I can’t find a news article on it.



  9. Abinadab Orozco on November 17, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Supreme court defeat The assault weapon ban for 30 years We have a winner for California



  10. 209CALI* * on November 17, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Anti gunner guys like getting pegged by their wife



  11. Joshua Hernandez on November 17, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    They should ban murdering multiple people in a specified time frame, that way criminals/mass-shooters will not murder a large group because it’s against the law! Problem solved, these law makers need to get better at their jobs!



  12. Riccardo Betteti on November 17, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    4:50 "the bullet goes just as fast"…you don’t say! Banning the magazine and the flash suppressor didn’t affect the speed of the bullet! How could this happen!



  13. cowboy399 on November 17, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    If they don’t like that maybe they should consider laws that don’t focus on cosmetics. Naturally if they pass laws that focus on cosmetic features manufacturers will remove those features. What else are they supposed to do? Secondly, what makes these weapons more dangerous that other semiautomatic rifles in the first place? They are not.



  14. Angry Marine Vet on November 17, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    "Shall not" and you know the rest.



  15. Beta Fish Jeremy on November 17, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    The problem is that the companies do this in the first place. If they and the people didnt comply then gun control would effectively stop and become impossible.



  16. Jack Fleagle on November 17, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    🤦🏻‍♂️



  17. charlie paul tompodung on November 17, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    This video show that the problem not the gun but the people. No matter how hard you ban the weapon if the people is the problem then all that law is useless. Its not the weapon but the man behind the gun



  18. B&O5300 on November 17, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    The AR-15 shown here is a M16A1



  19. Simon Shbs19 on November 17, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    The bias is strong with this one.

    Imagine your company is told your product is illegal, so you change it within the law, so it’s compliant, but now it’s a loophole and how dare you offer a legal product. Literally no way to win until they want you out of business and are just taking small steps to get there.

    Not to mention the constitutional parts of this.



  20. some random human on November 17, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    these dudes look weak AF



  21. T T on November 17, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    The fact that this video has triple the amount of dislikes to likes proves that the vast majority does NOT want gun controls.



  22. sore loser on November 17, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Who wants to tell them about the scary and devastating, stripper clip? 😱 Who could have foreseen a century old technology for reloading a fixed magazine?!



  23. Dav246 on November 17, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    …….This should tell you that the laws are arbitrary.



  24. Francisco Lopez on November 17, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    This just goes to show what politicians are wasting time and tax payer money on.



  25. Truthful World on November 17, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Gayyyyyyyyyyy



  26. mds6387 on November 17, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    So, when manufactures remove the features that are deemed illegal liberals call it a loophole. So, basically, their admitting they’re just trying to ban guns in general.



  27. morgs456 on November 17, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Like how it fails to mention California is one of the most dangerous states in the US despite all these repeated laws



  28. Campinis on November 17, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    But the problem isn’t the gun. Problem is the people. Mental health test before to get a firearm license might prevent people with Mental issues to buy a gun and it could reduce the risk of a mass shooting event. I think.



  29. The Wampire! on November 17, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Gotta do what you gotta do to exercise your rights



  30. Rick Pitcher on November 17, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    This video is brazen evidence just how uneducated and ignorant anti-gun people are.
    Seriously, just spend one day at the range then re-watch this video and point out all the mistakes.



  31. Bobby C on November 17, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    A pistol grip and a flash suppressor make these guns particularly dangerous? Seriously? This is why these gun laws shouldn’t even be on the books, the people writing them know nothing at all.



  32. Fish Gaming on November 17, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    1:17 correct me if im wrong, but that looks an awful like an m16



  33. yxgnorme on November 17, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    OMG GUYS THEY USED A FLASH LIGHT AND LASER IN A MASS SHOOTING, LETS BAN THEM DEADLY ATTACHMENTS



  34. Jonathan Bardunias on November 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    MAGA!!!! Trump 2024!! Leave us alone liberal media



  35. lol Z on November 17, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    I ain’t gonna lie them gun companies are really innovative and just shows how stupid the law makers are and have little knowledge of guns



  36. Big KW on November 17, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    LoL … There is no such thing as a "Assault " weapon



  37. Andrew Owens on November 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    CRIMINALS DON’T CARE IF THEY BREAK THE LAW HENCE THE WORD "CRIMINAL"



  38. Julio Tzoc Jr on November 17, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Next ban will be bullets. They are going to banned high grain bullets. Mark my words



  39. 209CALI* * on November 17, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    They’re not "getting around assault weapon bans" they are confirming to unconstitutional regulations



  40. Gabriel Yusuf on November 17, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    All gun laws are unconstitutional



  41. StuckPencil on November 17, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Very simple solution. Black and white ban ALL fire arms from small pistols to hunting rifles. Ban every single one and kill anyone who doesn’t comply



  42. TheDenver12311 on November 17, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Saying a flash suppressor on a gun makes it more dangerous is like saying putting flames on a car makes it go faster



  43. S Starklite on November 17, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    The only way to turn swords into plowshares is to end the oppressive wage system,
    because then if there are no more weapons manufacturers, no one will starve.
    We should force all the rich people to redistribute money equally worldwide because
    it never should have been distributed unequally in the first place.
    When we eliminate all weapons manufacturers, that money saved
    could be distributed equally worldwide (UBI) and end world poverty
    and human suffering. Then start building only Tower cities connected to maglev Trains worldwide because that’s what we should have done in the first place!
    That’s what GOD wants all nations to do ASAP.

    Isaiah 2:4, Joel 3:10, Micah 4:3



  44. Dusty Gozongas on November 17, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Everyone should own ☝️



  45. Rannenw on November 17, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Uses M16 from Vietnam instead of a modern version. To make the AR15 look scary.



  46. Juanito on November 17, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    This makes no sense



  47. Generik on November 17, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    The M16/M4 is an automatic rifle intended for the military.
    The AR15 is a semi-automatic rifle intended for civilans.

    They may look similar *BUT THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.*

    Stop conflating these two, you have the natural right to defend yourself and in the US your lucky enough to have the constitutional right to own Firearms, other countries aren’t so lucky to have such liberties and freedom.

    Don’t take it for granted, the government isn’t your friend.



  48. Joe Morgan on November 17, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    you literally know nothing about firearms



  49. Jacob Suttonz on November 17, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Its insane to me how some people don’t realize
    AR 15 does not mean "Assault Rifle" the real meaning is ArmaLite rifle model 15.
    Mainly for sport and self-defense of course.