Glocks changed America, with one key difference: They were banned.
The ban on the semiautomatic rifles was lifted in 1994, but a number of other restrictions remained in place.
The latest restrictions include a ban on “assault weapons,” a term that includes semiauto assault weapons.
But the biggest change has been that they can no longer be purchased.
And as of Monday, many Americans are finally getting around to getting rid of them.
The U.S. ban on semiauts came in the wake of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, in which 20 people were killed.
That shooting occurred just a few months after a group of students in Connecticut started a gun-control protest.
That year, the U.K. enacted a similar ban.
The Columbine shooting was followed by the Newtown school shooting in December, in Connecticut, and the Virginia Tech massacre in March of this year.
The three shootings prompted calls for tighter gun laws, but they were met with fierce opposition.
“It took a year and a half before gun owners were able to go back and vote in a referendum,” said Adam Winkler, a professor of law at UCLA who specializes in gun control.
Glocks were banned for the first time in 1996 when Congress passed the Assault Weapons Ban.
It was later amended to ban all semi-automatic weapons.
The revised legislation banned assault weapons, semi-auto rifles, and all semiause rifles, including the assault-style rifles used in the Virginia shooting.
The ban was designed to make it easier for law enforcement to track and remove guns from the hands of those convicted of crimes with a history of violence.
In practice, the legislation didn’t work.
Since then, however, the ban has been a source of frustration for some gun owners, especially when the ban is followed by tighter gun control laws.
While the ban on assault weapons hasn’t gone away, many gun owners have come to believe that the semias are a less-dangerous choice for self-defense.
The U.N. estimates that about 40 percent of American gun owners carry a semiauter in their homes, according to the gun control advocacy group Everytown.
And some researchers argue that the increased availability of semi-autos and the ability to purchase them has given gun owners a reason to choose the weapons.
“I’m a law-abiding citizen, and I believe I can protect myself,” said one man at the Glocks rally, who identified himself as Andrew.
“And I can do it with a Glock.
I have my own gun and it’s a very good gun.”
A spokesperson for Everytown said the group “has been fighting for years to keep the assault weapons ban on track” and said the ban “has proven to be a boon to gun owners.”
The spokesperson declined to provide further information about the number of guns owned by gun owners.
But in an article last year, Everytown stated that it “found evidence that guns owned in the home are used in crimes at a far greater rate than those owned outside the home.”
The push for tighter regulation of assault weapons is not new.
In fact, it’s been part of the gun-rights movement for decades.
For example, the late NRA-ILA President Michael Bloomberg lobbied against a 1994 law in the U