“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”
Remember that the big-"L" Libertarian Party decided several election cycles ago that running ideologically pure candidates with no name recognition wasn't working, and if they wanted to move from having 3% of the vote up into the broad, sunlit uplands of five or six percent, they needed to embrace candidates whose names people knew. This is how the Tax-Free Guns & Dope party wound up running bible-thumping foreign policy hawk Bob Barr in '08. "I will bite the head off this live chicken if you will let me be your party's presidential candidate!" is a phrase that will be heard in party offices sooner rather than later.