Automatic weapons have been illegal in the US for almost a century. Banning semi automatic rifles bans nearly every popular rifle in use by recreational Shooter's and hunters today. It punishes the law-abiding for the actions of the non-law abiding. It removes rifles that many who can't manage a shotgun keep for self-defense in their homes. It won't work because criminals obtain their guns illegally anyway and most of all it VIOLATES THE SECOND AMENDMENT! Stop this garbage! Instead of trying to pass new laws, start enforcing the ones we already have and instead of punishing those who don't abuse their second amendment rights, start punishing those who do more harshly.