I am a conservative in most respects. I own a handgun and a shotgun and I live in NY.
I do not believe a civilian should own grenades, bazookas or assault rifles. (somebody else said that here) But it is about drawing the line between CIVILIAN and MILITARY
I think if you wanted to shoot one as a hobbyist, you should be able to go to a specialized range and rent one. But you cannot have one in your house. You are certainly not hunting with it, and if there is a situation so severe that you needed a military grade weapon to defend your house then you would need an Army, not a gun.