By: Aaron Colen of The Blaze
A former police officer told Congress that she would not comply if a law was enacted banning assault weapons, and she implored Congress not to turn millions of legal gun owners into criminals, according to Fox News.
Dianna Muller, who served with the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma for 22 years before founding the gun advocacy group the DC Project, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in opposition to legislation infringing on Second Amendment rights.
"Please don't legislate the 150 million people just like me into being criminals. It has happened. You've already done it," Muller said. "I was a bump stock owner, and I had to make a decision: do I become a felon, or do I comply?"
Regarding any potential assault weapons ban, Muller drew the line: "I will not comply."
GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.) highlighted the imprecise nature of the term "assault weapons" and the way the use of such a term bans certain weapons illogically.
Sensenbrenner asked a panel of witnesses whether a hunting rifle should be banned if it was a semiautomatic weapon.
Heritage Foundation senior legal policy analyst Amy Swearer replied by pointing out that there are no mechanical or functional differences between semiautomatic hunting rifles and so-called assault weapons that would be banned.
Swearer also used a personal anecdote to defend the use of AR-15s for home defense, saying her mother struggled to accurately fire a handgun and was able to be more effective at the gun range with an AR-15.
President Donald Trump has, on a somewhat inconsistent basis, signaled a willingness to discuss gun control legislation with Democrats, including red flag laws and expanded background checks.
However, those talks have taken a negative turn starting with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke declared "hell yes" he wants to take AR-15s and AK-47s off the streets. Any prospect of legislative progress was further damaged by Democrats' most recent push to impeach President Trump for his conversations with Ukraine about investigating Joe and Hunter Biden.