After the Las Vegas shooting, we all knew that federal firearms regulations were coming. It was inevitable. After the NRA caved and supported restrictions on bump-fire stocks, most thought that the NRA had betrayed us all. Others speculated that they were making a strategic move, that they knew something far worse was in the works, and that they were positioning themselves in the strongest possible position to oppose it.
Now we know.
Behold, I give you H.R. 3999, read it and weep. This wonderful bill was brought to you by none other than the Republican party. It states that:
“To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.”
On the surface, that doesn’t sound catastrophic. After all, bump-fire stocks aren’t as much fun as they look, and certainly aren’t practical (no, bump-fire stocks were not used in the Las Vegas shooting. Do your research), but you will note that this bill doesn’t actually mention bump-fire stocks. Rather, it is anything that increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon, but does not turn it into a machinegun.
Binary triggers are definitely out. But what about light match triggers? They increase the rate of fire, that’s the point. What about that lightweight bolt carrier group you’ve got in your AR-15? That increases the rate at which the bolt cycles, so it’s probably illegal, too. What about sticking your finger through the trigger guard and into your belt loop to manually bump-fire the weapon? Are they going to arrest you for possession of a finger, or possession of a belt loop?
Increase it from what? No baseline is mentioned. In fact, this bill is absurdly vague. If we don’t know what an acceptable rate of fire is, how do we know when we are in violation? And what does “and for other purposes” mean? The BATF is going to have a field day.
Do not think that just ambiguity is the result of polticians being….. Read the rest here