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In about 1966 CA governor Reagan signed the Mulford act ending loaded open carry in the state of CA. In 1984 the Reagan administration banned the import of a South African long gun, citing the "sporting purposes" clause of the GCA 1968. This was the first time the "sporting purposes" clause was applied to a long gun. In 1986 they did it again. Reagan brought the ban on concealed carry in national parks. In 1989 Bush I got into the act, banning over 40 milsurp rifles from import. Then Bill Clinton had his turn at shafting law abiding gun owners. Reagan stood with Clinton in demanding an "assault weapons" ban.
http://rpc.senate.gov/releases/1998/importban-kf.htmIn 1984, the "sporting purposes" test was specifically applied to rifles and shotguns. The firearm in question was a South African riot control shotgun. The importer, pursuant to the statute requirements, indicated that the weapon fit "sporting purposes" due to its "suitability for police/combat style competitions." ATF denied the license.
Two years later, a second shotgun application was denied due to the firearm not being "generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to a sporting purpose." Here, ATF clarified that firearms must attain "general recognition as having a sporting purpose" and events must attain "general recognition as being a sport."