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Bump fire stocks: A new definition of bureaucratic overreach

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Bump fire stocks A new definition of bureaucratic overreach

One would think that with the Right virtually controlling all levers of government, gun grabber demands to chip away at our common sense civil rights would be met with admonitions that they go play in the traffic. But alas, RINOs being RINOs they knuckled under to these demands and passed off this issue to unelected bureaucrats and the intended consequences of the slippery slope.

In the case of “Bump Fire” Stocks the bureaucracy that ostensibly handles Moonshine, Cigarettes and Firearms is going to hand down a ruling from on high to the great unwashed as to how our civil rights are once again going to be restricted as punishment for the actions of a lunatic.

In order to make this ruling the ATF bureaucracy is going to have to change the very definition of a machine gun from the function of the trigger to the arbitrarily vague rate of fire standard:

The Department of Justice anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition.

[One may submit comments on the proposed rulemaking by identifying the docket number: 2017R-22 ]

Their proposed ruling references the definition of a machinegun as:

The NFA defines “machinegun” as any weapon which: “shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” The term also includes “the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.” 26 U.S.C. 5845(b).

Please note the phrase “by a single function of the trigger.” Anyone familiar with the issue of “Bump Fire” Stocks or those common place items that can perform the same function – Belt Loops, string, rubber bands and fingers – should realise that these items operate a firearm by multiple trigger pulls. Thus on the face of it, this proposed ruling contradicts itself. In order to make it work, this specific functional definition would have to be altered to something undefined, opening the door to regulating all semi-automatic firearms as “Machine Guns”. As several commentators have stated, it is a very dangerous precedent and bureaucratic overreach arbitrarily changing the technical meaning of the phrase “Machine gun” from that of the easily defined functioning of a trigger to that of an undefined rate of fire.

Just as the Socialist-Left loves to use undefined surrogates in place of actual civil rights such as the terms “Hate-Speech” or “Assault Weapon”, changing the definition of a “machinegun” from that of the function of a trigger to the vague and arbitrary metric of rate of fire is a slippery slope gun grabbers would love to exploit. As Nancy Pelosi expressed it a few months ago: “They’re going to say, ‘You give them bump stock, it’s going to be a slippery slope.’ I certainly hope so.”

The Takeaway

A true machine gun has an internal mechanism to allow sustained fire with one pull of the trigger. To redefine mechanisms using repeated trigger pulls such as “Bump Fire” Stocks and anything else designed “to increase the firearm’s cyclic firing rate to mimic nearly continuous automatic fire”, could easily see this applied to ban any and all semi-automatic firearms.

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  1. Rich

    January 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    To enact ANY gun control law is to give in to the erroneous notion that an inanimate object is the source of evil and that we must allow government to exercise dominion over our liberties in the name of protecting us from that inanimate object—whatever it is. The entire presupposition is fatally flawed. How anyone who claims to believe in liberty and the fundamental right of self-defense can swallow this illogic defies common sense.
    Plus, the ever compromising National Rifle Association (NRA) is providing Trump all of the cover he needs to affix his signature to another gun control bill by coming out in support of legislation banning “bump stocks.” Check the record, folks, and you will discover that virtually every gun control bill on the books—going back to the 1920’s—was put there with the approbation of the NRA. Like almost every national special interest group, the NRA exists more for the benefit of the special interest group than it does for the benefit of the cause it claims to represent.
    http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3664/They-Are-Coming-For-Our-Guns.aspx

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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Democrats push background check bill in the House

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As social media buzzes about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Democrats hope to put their latest iteration of gun control on the floor and onto the Senate. Called a “bipartisan” attempt to initiate more background checks on firearm purchases and sales, many conservatives on Capitol Hill are speaking out against it.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill yesterday.

My Take

Gun control bills, of which this is merely the first to be pushed by the current iteration of Democrats, usually have two things in common. First, they don’t address the problem they’re allegedly trying to solve; neither the Parkland shooting nor any mass shooting in the 21st century would have been prevented had this bill been in place. Second, they are a stepping stone through which leftists will attempt to initiate more draconian laws that eat away at our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

As with the abortion issue, the gun control issue is one in which “common sense” is used to push harsher laws down the line.

It should be strange to cognizant Americans that Democrats continue to push laws that make it easier to kill preborn babies while making it harder for innocent people to defend themselves with firearms. Are you seeing a trend in their mentality?

 


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Freedom-lovers, keep an eye on AG William Barr

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Freedom-lovers keep an eye on AG William Barr

Today, William Barr is likely to be confirmed to be the next Attorney General. While he’s a qualified leader to take the reins over the Justice Department and a strong patriot, there are concerns that we must remember as he joins the Trump administration.

First and foremost, Barr’s record on the 4th Amendment is abysmal.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

One would hope the top law enforcer in the nation would be an ardent defender of the 4th Amendment, but Barr has demonstrated not only a willingness to circumvent it at times but has also expressed annoyance that it prevents law enforcement from doing its job, particularly as it pertains to stopping terrorism. He’s also a fan of the Patriot Act, though if anything it didn’t go far enough.

Sadly, only a tiny handful of Republicans in DC seem to be concerned.

The tribalism that has infected the country and plagued groups on both sides of the political aisle has struck once again. There would be plenty of objections from conservatives if Barr had been nominated by President Obama or another Democrat, but since he’s a Trump nominee it appears he’s going to fly through with no GOP Senators objecting other than Rand Paul.

It’s a shame that the President decided to go with Barr. It’s likely he did so based on Barr’s objections to Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian hacking of the election, but otherwise Barr’s record is one that doesn’t seem very conducive to freedom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

 


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