In response to Susan Hull’s letter printed 3/31/2021, Posted in: OpinionsLetters to the Editor She is correct that few Republicans in Texas own assault rifles. Or few in the USA for that matter. It’s been illegal to manufacture new automatic weapons for civilian use since May 19,1986. Now, it is not illegal to own one. That is if you have $15 to over $70 thousand to buy one from an already licensed owner willing to sell, plus paying another $200 for a Federal Transfer Stamp (that has to stay with the firearm at all times) plus a background check and investigation by a National Agency with 10-point finger printing. Then wait 8 months. By ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!