Since we can't be sure what a new AWB (federal level) will say for sure, I'm asking this about the old one. I can assume any new one will be at least as bad...
Did the now-expired AWB prohibit just the sale of banned weapons, or the possession of them as well? I assume it was the former and not the latter... Assuming my assumption is correct, did it ban private sales of banned weapons / magazines / accessories as well?
My goal is to try to determine whether or not there is any realistic chance of the government attempting to confiscate any "banned" weapons I might have should a new bill be passed. I'd love to get some type of AR variant, a SA SOCOM, and at least one handgun with a higher-than-10 round magazine over the next few years - if I were to scrape together the money before the end of the year to buy all that I want, is there any way I could somehow lose either the ability to ever use the things I have paid for, or the guns & magazines themselves?
I suspect there would be a grandfather clause, but I just don't know. I was an ignorant, young college kid when the first AWB was passed in '94, and I didn't really start taking my own self-defense seriously until after it expired in '04, so I basically missed that entire discussion.
Thanks for any and all input!