Just imagine: The year’s 2025, Elizabeth Warren has just been inaugurated as President. You’re at the range, shooting your legally-acquired AR-15 when an ATF agent puts you in handcuffs, takes away your gun, and tells you you’re under arrest for owning a “machine gun.”
That may sound crazy now, but if the ATF’s proposed rule change designed to ban “bump stocks” and other devices designed to “increase the rate of fire” on a firearm goes into effect, that very well could happen. That’s because the rule doesn’t just ban bump stocks, it changes the definition of what a “machine gun” is.
In short, currently under federal code a machine gun is a firearm that can fire more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger. The new proposal changes that in an extremely confusing way. To understand that we’re going to need to review the proposed language, found on page 13,475 of the Federal Register:
* * * For purposes of this definition, the term ‘‘automatically’’ as it modifies ‘‘shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot,’’ means functioning as the result of a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through a single function of the trigger; and ‘‘single function of the trigger’’ means a single pull of the trigger. The term ‘‘machine gun’’ includes bump-stock type devices, i.e., devices that allow a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the
trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm to which it is
affixed so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.
Sounds confusing, right? Well lets review exactly what this is intended to do, and exactly what could be done with this. One important thing to note is that if this rule change goes into effect, it will stay in effect for the next President. So if we have an anti-gun President in office, their administration could interpret this differently than the Trump Administration, which makes this dangerous.
While the language specifically states that it includes “bump-stock type devices,” it doesn’t keep it at that, which to many gun owners, is bad enough. Instead, it goes on to describe what a bump stock is. Under that definition, any “device” that can harness “the recoil energy of a semiautomatic firearm” to allow it to continue firing “without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter” would be considered a machine gun.
With that knowledge, going back to the beginning of the machine gun definition is important. The term “readily restored to shoot” creates a dangerous precedent. Under an anti-gun administration, that term could be used to justify the banning of any semi-automatic firearm, as virtually every semi-automatic firearm can be “readily restored to shoot” at a rate which meets the definition of a “machine gun” simply by using a belt loop with a little ingenuity.
So wearing pants with belt loops, while holding an AR-15 could meet the definition, as the belt loop is readily available.
This rule change is currently in the comment period, and many gun rights activists are now fighting it. Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights, is one of those activists fighting back. He spoke exclusively to Big League Politics to explain what his group is doing.
“We’ve been sounding the alarm about this since day one,” Brown stated. “It is a lot easier to stop a federal rule change before it goes into effect than to change it later, which is why we are alerting our 4.5 million members and supporters to this dangerous scheme.”
It is unknown is President Donald Trump is aware of the dangers behind the wording of this rule change, but he has stated his support for banning bump stocks in the past, leading towards anger from many of his pro-gun supporters.
Big League Politics will keep you updated on any developments around this story.
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HYPOCRISY: Anti-2A Sheriff Scott Israel Hires Same Attorney as Parkland Shooter Gun Salespeople
A new revelation has emerged in the story of embattled Sheriff Scott J. Israel of the Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office.
Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer dropped more bombshell news in an interview with 850WFTL this morning, on the heels of her report that Israel will be removed as Sheriff next week.
Not only is Israel inept, he is also a hypocrite.
Israel, who has taken an anti-Second Amendment stance since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, has retained former FBI Agent and Criminal Defense attorney Stuart Kaplan to defend him.
LISTEN to the explosive interview:
In a massive conflict of interest, Kaplan is also defending Michael and Lisa Morrison, owners of Sunrise Tactical Supply, the gun store that allegedly sold suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz the AR-15 he used in the massacre.
Furthermore, Kaplan is a CNN contributor and guest.
Kaplan addressed the media with fellow defense attorney Douglas Rudman regarding their defense of the gun store owners on February 15:
Not only has Israel hired the same attorney as Sunrise Tactical, but Kaplan’s tenure in the FBI presents another clear conflict of interest. Kaplan speaks as an expert on the FBI regularly for CNN. He has an undoubtable interest in defending the nation’s top law enforcement agency. Yet he will be representing Israel and Sunrise Tactical in potential lawsuits that could pit him directly against the FBI.
Loomer reported this week that Florida Governor Rick Scott has called for the FBI Director Christopher Wray’s resignation over the agency’s handling of the Parkland shooting. Both the FBI and Broward Sheriff’s office were warned multiple times – the Sheriff’s office 35 times – about Cruz’s violent behavior. The negligence of both organizations has been widely discussed.
“During the IG’s testimony last week, FBI director Christopher Wray was asked about the Parkland school shooting. When asked, Wray declined to answer any questions about the shooting and Sheriff Israel, citing that it was an active FBI investigation. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Scott called for Director Wray to resign over the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Nikolas Cruz, 19, the school shooter whose plans to carry out a school shooting were reported to the FBI twice prior to the shooting on Valentine’s Day.
‘We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign,’ Governor Scott said.”
Loomer Passage Ends.
The Sheriff has been particularly outspoken about the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, the same one used by Nikolas Cruz during the Parkland shooting and purchased from Sunrise Tactical supply.
“It produces great carnage. It’s a devastating weapon,” Israel said on MSNBC on February 15, the day after the shooting.
Loomer was quick to nail the Sheriff for his hypocrisy on Twitter:
.@browardsheriff Scott Israel wants you to know that he's SO ANTI GUN & ANTI AR15 that he personally hired Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is also *coincidentally* a former FBI agent who's also representing the gun store owners who sold the #Parkland shooter an AR15.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) July 5, 2018
“[Scott Israel] wants you to know that he’s SO ANTI GUN & ANTI AR15 that he personally hired Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is also *coincidentally* a former FBI agent who’s also representing the gun store owners who sold the
#Parkland shooter an AR15,” she wrote.
Hunter Pollack, brother of Meadow Pollack who was slain in the shooting, also weighed in on Twitter.
“The [Broward Sheriff] who begs for gun control, is being represented by the lawyer who represents the gun store owner that sold 18-1958 his gun. So much corruption, conflict of interest?
#FixIt,” he said.
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) July 5, 2018
It is also noteworthy that 850WFTL ambushed Loomer, failing to disclose to her that Kaplan would be co-hosting this morning’s episode of the radio show.
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