Since the AWB Expired
I have heard that a lot of late, usually after some shooting, law enforcement, a reporter, or an anti will pipe up since the AWB expired this happen.
The SAW ban was enacted on September 13 1994 by PL 103-32, Title IX, Subtitle A, section 110105. The ban made it unlawful to manufacture, transfer, or possess SAWs. The Law defines SAWs as 19 named firearms as well as semiautomatic rifles, pistols, & shotguns that have certain named features. (Named features being flash hiders pistol grips, bayonet lugs to name a few)The ban was codified at 18 U.S.C. #922(v). Saws lawfully possessed on September 13 1994 were not covered by the ban. There also were certain exceptions, such as possession by law enforcement. (SAW's owned or made before before the enactment of the ban were not affected, guns were sold as ether pre-ban or as post ban guns. So a semi-auto version of the AK-47 with a flash hider, bayonet lug, & pistol grip was a pre-ban gun, A semi-auto version of an AK-47 without a flash hider, bayonet lug, & a thumb hole stock was a post-ban gun, see examples below.)
The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device (LCAFD) ban was enacted along with SAW ban on September 13, 1994. The ban made it unlawful to transfer or possess LCAFD.s. The law generally defined A LCAFD as a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device manufactured after September 13 1994 that has the capacity of, or can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The ban was codified at 18 U.S.C. #922(w) (Note: "manufactured after September 13, 1994", so all those 30 round magazines that had been made for the past 30 plus years were legal, although they did become more expensive, they were easy to purchase.)
So in closing if someone had a pre- ban gun (before Sept. 13, 94) and wanted to sell it he could, but the same gun with some cosmetic changes could also be purchased usually at a much lower price, as the Pre-Bans were considered collectibles. So the guns have not just been un banned( just some of the cosmetic features, and there haven't been any bayonet mounted attacks, as I recall all the public shooting have been in the daytime, so a flash hider, or lack of one has not been a factor, & well without a pistol grip you simply hold the gun in a different matter), & the 1994 AWB has nothing to do with the crimes we are seeing today. The AWB did not prevent a single crime, even the authors of the ban have admitted that.