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The failure of lawmakers to move bump stock legislation comes despite the willingness of several House Republicans to sign on to the measure. A bill introduced by Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) has 20 co-sponsors in total—ten Democratic and ten Republican. But aides say that there is no indication that the House Judiciary Committee is going to consider that bill, or a similar one signed by 173 Democrats.
Feinstein’s bill is a train wreck. The language in it is simple, yet deceiving. By banning way anything that would”accelerate the rate of fire of a semi- automatic rifle,” her bill could potentially ban such innocuous items as a new trigger for a kid’s .22 rifle or a newer, lighter bolt carrier group for an otherwise legal AR-15. Also, because it limits itself to rifles only, it wouldn’t work if it were able to be passed, because according to the BATFE, this is a pistol, and this is a rifle. One is therefore ok for a bump stock, and the other is not.
Understand that difference? Me neither, but those are the rules that the BATFE has to live with, thanks to the National Firearms Act.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and really big fires) took a look at the gadget in question, the Slide-Fire stock, and determined that because it used the momentum of the rifle itself to reset the finger on the trigger faster, it was was not a device that turned a semi-automatic rifle into a full auto rifle. This ruling came down when Obama was President and Eric Holder was in charge of the Justice Department, and it looks like the BATFE is going to stand by their original finding and not change the law for everyone based on one man’s misuse of an otherwise legal device.
Good. The laws on these devices haven’t changed since 2013, and therefore, the regulations on them shouldn’t change either. After eight long years of living under a Justice Department who showed open contempt for the rule of law, it’s nice to have the adults back in charge once more.