The federal government is looking for programs that would prevent us from possessing assault weapons, even through the White House (Obama/Biden) are telling us otherwise. In this Department of Justice memo, dated 4 January 2013, officials clearly and concisely consider a law to ban the manufacture, sale, transfer, or possession of assault weapons (Assault Weapons Ban section).
What is even more interesting, if that is surprising enough, is their own conclusions on what such a program would have:
> Assault weapons were used in less than 2-8% of crimes. Therefore a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.
> Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide and the existing stock of guns is ￼large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence.
> Assault weapons are not a major contributor to gun crime. The existing stock of ￼assault weapons is large, undercutting the effectiveness of bans with exemptions.
So, if the argument is that assault weapons are somehow responsible for violence (DOJ studies suggest otherwise), existing stocks of assault weapons would undercut effectiveness of bans, and that the federal government wants to appear to be doing something; then, one can logically conduct that confiscation, through a national buy back program (similar to Australia), is the coarse of action being considered by the Department of Justice.