In regard to letter writer James J. Harrigan's spiel Saturday, "Afraid of background check?", the NRA was one of the supporters of the first background check law. The problem with it and with any new law is it will not do the job the politicians say it will do.
Many states do not report all criminals and psychiatrists, etc., do not report people with mental problems. Without those, the background check system is incomplete. On top of that, very few people who have been denied the right to buy a gun via the current system have been prosecuted for lying on a government form.
His statement, "Most of the military-style weapons have a selector switch to go from semi to full automatic" is as big a lie as anything coming out of a politician's mouth. Automatic weapons (machine guns, submachine guns, etc.) that can be fired cannot be legally owned by civilians without approval of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE.) That would include AK-47s, AK-74s or any other weapon with a selector switch. BATFE would have to be notified (and approve) before any transfer of such a weapon.