I’ve seen this a few places, but this story is the one I found most interesting.
It appears that the plan to disarm the Iraqis has racheted down a bit. The current plan has been revised to prohibit the possession of anything more powerful than 7.62mm caliber assault rifles. Handguns, shotguns, bolt-action rifles, everything up to and including AK-47’s are OK for civilians to keep. Heavier weapons; crew-served machineguns, RPGs, anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons, mortars and other “indirect fire” weapons, mines and explosives are not allowed.
Here’s the money quote:
While U.S. officials gave no public explanation for amending what had been a much tougher plan to rid postwar Iraq of heavy weapons, military officials have said they recognize the difficulties in disarming citizens at a time when Iraqis feel their personal safety is still at risk.
I have news for you. It’s not enforceable here, either. Feinstien, McCarthy, Schumer et. al., take note.