From the moment we learned that the Las Vegas killer used a bump stock on his rampage, we knew good and well that anti-gun zealots were going to try and make them illegal. It’s as inevitable as the sun rising in the east.
However, you also had to know that gun grabbers weren’t going to be content to stop at that. No, they want a lot more.
The next bump stock? Gun reform advocates think they’ve seen a few.
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A few are items that while I don’t feel should be illegal, I can see why a gun control group would want to lump them in with bump stocks. Things like trigger cranks and binary triggers do make shooting a lot faster. I can at least see some sense of consistency by including them on the list.
Then they go off the rails.
Even if silencers were removed from the NFA, the guns they attach to would still be subject to certain basic provisions of federal law. These laws prohibit convicted felons and other dangerous people from possessing guns, require gun retailers to be licensed, and require licensed retailers to conduct background checks on purchasers. There is one blanket exception to these laws, however: the exception for antique firearms, including muzzleloaders. The gun industry is determined to exploit this exception.
Muzzleloaders are firearms that must be loaded through the end of the barrel with powder, wadding and a projecticle. Muzzleloaders fell out of favor as a firearm of choice almost a century ago, and are generally seen as primitive antiques. That’s why federal law generally exempts them from regulation.
Cue the .50 caliber muzzleloader, which delivers a particularly lethal .50 caliber round. This weapon is designed with a built-in device to suppress its sound. If any other firearm were built with such a device, it would be subject to the NFA as a silencer. But since this device is designed to suppress the sound of something that is exempt from federal firearms laws, it is not considered a silencer and not subject to the NFA. In fact, it is not subject to any laws at all and can be bought online.
This from the people who are outraged over firearms technology that’s been obsolete on the battlefield for about 150 years? Yes, it’s suppressed, but that’s century-old technology as well. How does anyone get off calling that “modern weaponry,” anyway?
The reality is that gun control activists are trying to latch onto recent tragedies and use them as leverage to push forward with a radical anti-civil liberties agenda that has no basis in reality and completely circumvents the Constitution.