Gun Control

New bill criminalizes gun accessories, and it’s sponsored by Republicans

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Liberals wasted no time in using the Las Vegas tragedy to attempt to make criminals out of peaceful gun owners.

But this time, the scheme is led by Republicans.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

A pair of Democrats and Republicans introduced a new bill on Tuesday that would subject bump-fire stocks and other devices to the same regulations as machine guns and other highly regulated firearms.

The bill, named the Closing the Bump-Stock Loophole Act, would add “a reciprocating stock, or any other device which is designed to accelerate substantially the rate of fire of a semiautomatic weapon” to the purview of the National Firearms Act, which currently regulates machine guns, short-barreled rifles or shotguns, silencers, and other firearms. The bill does not define what a “reciprocating stock” is or set a standard for what constitutes a substantial increase to the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon. The bill would give those who already own devices covered under the new regulations a year to comply with them by completing the background checks, registration, and pay the tax stamp required by the National Firearms Act. Those caught with unregistered devices after that point would be subject to federal prosecution.

The bill was introduced by Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Dan Kildee (D., Mich.), Dina Titus (D., Nev.), and Dave Trott (R., Mich.).

In a statement, the supposedly Republican Fitzpatrick said, “We must do everything in our power to prevent the kind of evil we see in horrifying incidents like the Las Vegas shootings, and resolve as a nation to confront this evil through meaningful, bipartisan legislative action and an ongoing commitment to keep our communities safe from gun violence.”

“I promised my constituents that I would work on a legislative solution to close the loophole that allows legal semi-automatic firearms to be modified to perform like illegal fully-automatic weapons, and, today, my colleagues and I deliver. Most importantly, this bill ends the cycle of knee-jerk legislation, hastily thrown together in the wake of these all too common tragedies. Rather this is a proactive approach, that gives the ATF the regulatory flexibility it needs to hold these devices to the highest level of scrutiny…,” said Trott.

Neither explained how targeting peaceful gun owners and ignoring criminals keeps communities safe, much to the delight of MS-13.

Call them and tell them what you think of their plans to ban and confiscate legal gun accessories.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick: (202) 225-4276
Congressman Dave Trott: (202) 225-8171

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