Biden’s plan is what he aims to do. Not necessarily what he will accomplish. He not only needs to convince the Republicans to vote for it, but there are a lot of Democrats in Red districts/states who would risk tanking a re-election if the ban goes too far. If this was a year or two ago, I would say he could probably get a lot of it, if not all of it. But 2020 flipped that on it’s head.
If I were Biden, I would put gun control on the back burner and push other “easy” policies through. When (if?) COVID/riots settle down, people may begin to feel safer, and then you can bring it back up again. Plus, if the trend the country is going continues, this blue wave will keep spreading and he’ll have an easier time getting things passed.
With past AWB, you were usually grandfathered in. So if you had it before they enacted the ban then you could keep it. No need to hide them. With Biden’s plan though, you would have two options.
- Let the gubment “buyback” your AW that they never owned before with your own tax money for a fraction of what you paid for it or,
- Register your AW as an NFA item, which is $200 for every firearm that matches whatever AW definition they decide on.
I suspect that either option generally won’t mean you need to hide it, as no one will know whether or not you registered as an NFA item. However, if you happen to encounter some sort of law enforcement for some reason (like maybe a self-defense or home-defense incident), you run the risk of them figuring it out and you get penalized for having an unregistered NFA item. Those penalties are severe.
Biden’s plan does not call for forcing a buyback. Yet. However, once you are registered with the NFA the gubment will have a pretty good sized list of who has what for the day they do want to go knocking door to door. One of the things that New Zealand lamented during their buyback was that they didn’t have a master list of who had what and they claim that’s why they were only able to get such a low percentage of buybacks. I am sure Everytown/Bloomberg was paying attention and has pushed getting this list to the top priority.
I don’t think Biden says what is considered “high capacity” but the general Democrat rule is 10rounds.