here's some news for those who haven't looked into the situation and data about the first, stupid, Clinton semiautomatic firearms ban. Violent crime, including crimes where guns were involved, started decreasing in 91, as more and more states liberalized their carry permit laws. That was 3 years before the first ban even went into effect. The violent crime rates continued to fall throughout the entire time the ban was in effect, although the Columbine massacre occurred while the ban was in place. Violent crime has continued to decline since the ban was lifted in 2004. The Dept. of Justice hired a study done to determine whether there had been any positive effect on gun crime. Their study found that there wasn't. So the ban expired.