Similar to what happens after every mass shooting, when the dust of the Vegas shooting finally settled, leftists lawmakers already had a handful of anti-firearm bills ready to go.
The bump fire stock and trigger cranks. While many shooters don’t really view these accessories as an enhancement to a gun, that isn’t getting in the way of liberals from trying to prevent you from owning them.
That’s why Massachusetts lawmakers are moving forward with a bill to regulate their sale and ownership.
Sure, they don’t fully understand how these devices work…nor do they understand that rapid firing a rifle can be done with nothing more than your finger, but they’ll keep on pressing forward with more bills to restrict your basic freedoms.
A joint conference committee of the Commonwealth’s legislature on Thursday forwarded a ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.
The language, part of H.4008, an appropriation bill, is a compromise measure which aims to prohibit the devices while toning down more sweeping language in an earlier proposal that intended to ban any device able to increase the rate of fire on semi-automatic guns.
State Sen. Barbara L’Italien said the bill now headed to Baker “does a great job getting bump stocks and trigger cranks out of the wrong hands for good.”
The measure adds definitions to state law of “Bump stock” and “Trigger Crank,” regulating each in turn. Further, where those found guilty of possession of such devices would face between three and 20 years in prison under the House proposal, the Senate measure would allow for penalties to run from 18 months to life in prison.
Here’s the problem with this bill.
The attempt of the lawmakers is to regulate anything that increases the rate of fire on a firearm.
This is extremely ambiguous.
While they try and narrow down the language on the bump stock by saying they want to regulate devices that ” generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger,” that would mean they’d have to get rid of a person’s hip and fingers.
As demonstrated in the video below, one can achieve rapid fire just by shooting from the hip and using the recoil to bounce the trigger off the finger over and over (there used to be many more videos on this subject on YouTube, but they’ve since removed them in the wake of the Vegas shooting.
Not only is the bill problematic when it comes to terminology, and ideations on what constitutes a rapid fire device, it would also make it illegal for anyone who already owns these devices to legally own them.
Worse, is the bill doesn’t provide a pathway for anyone who owns a device to maintain possession legally, thus making them a felon if they hold onto the device after the bill passes, or, forcing them to surrender constitutionally protected personal property.
And possibly the worst part in all this?
Massachusetts governor, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, said he would sign the bill tomorrow if given the chance.
That’s a turncoat if we’ve ever seen one…