"People can argue about the assault-weapon ban, but there's a federal ban on machine guns and no one's argued that," [Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, D-East Haven] said, referring to the 1989 federal law outlawing AK-47s and Uzis.
Huh? There is no "federal ban" on machine guns. All one needs to own one (in those states that don't outlaw them) is a $200 tax stamp. As for AK-47s and Uzis, if they have an automatic selector switch, you get a tax stamp. If they don't, they're legal (except, of course, in those states that outlaw certain firearms because they look scary).