The bump stock ban could ban semi-automatic rifles and their parts.
The bipartisan proposed bump stock ban does not mention bump stocks, but instead bans anything designed to make a semi-automatic rifle fire “faster.” It never defines how much faster. Anything that will increase your semi-automatic rifle fire more rapidly is prohibited.
Why put out such a vague and ill-defined bill? Because, if it becomes law, it gives government a license to expand the scope of the law whenever they think they can get away with it!
The Federalist reports, “New Bipartisan Bump Stock Bill Would Actually Ban All Semi-Automatic Rifles”
At no point does the proposed legislation specify a base rate of fire against which any illegal increases would be judged, a potentially fatal flaw in the bill’s drafting. As a result, the proposal arguably institutes a federal ban on any and all parts that would allow the gun to fire at all, since the mere ability to fire a semi-automatic weapon by definition increases its rate of fire from zero.
The design of semi-automatic weapons uses the recoil of the weapon generated by the gas explosion in the chamber when a round is fired to automatically chamber a new round, and prepare the weapon to be fired again. Because of this, any parts used in that process would likely be subject to the federal ban proposed in the Curbelo/Moulton bill, since they serve to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon. Gas tubes, gas blocks, buffer springs, magazines, charging handles, ejectors and extractors, and even triggers themselves could potentially be banned under the bipartisan bump stock ban language proposed by Curbelo and Moulton.
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