“Bump Stock Bill” Is Being Pushed Through Unread

In the wake of the tragic Las Vegas shooting, it was only a matter of time before gun-grabbing legislation was officially proposed in Congress… and now it’s here.

A bipartisan bill to restrict so-called “bump stock” devices has been introduced in the House, and is being sponsored by both Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo and Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton.

While lawmakers are trying to hurry the proposal through Congress, however, concerned citizens have looked into the proposal line-by-line, and found some disturbing facts that the bill’s supporters don’t want people to notice.

Incredibly, the bill would not only make bump-fire accessories against the law to buy, but it would also make them illegal to merely possess.

In other words, somebody who bought a bump-fire stock years ago — completely legally — and tossed it into the back of their gun safe could face five years in prison if this bill became law.

How would the government enforce such a ban? The only answer that makes any sense is chilling: Investigation of lawful gun owners and confiscation of previously-legal items.

“Are the manufacturers going to be compelled by the government to turn over lists of customers who legally acquired [products] that were declared by the regulatory authority to be legal?” asked Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

“This could set the precedent for a gun grab if you’re retroactively banning these things,” he continued, according to Reason Magazine.

Speaking of retroactively banning things, doing so may not even be constitutional.

Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution declares: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

Of course those in Congress rarely read the Constitution.

In other words, the Constitution prohibits lawmakers from making something illegal and then going after people who engaged in the act previously, when it was still legal. It seems highly likely that the proposed “bump stock” ban would do exactly that.

Even the much-maligned “assault weapons ban” of the Clinton era had a grandfather clause that allowed legal owners to keep firearms they already possessed. Shockingly, the new bill includes no such provision.

There are more problems, as well. The wording of the bill is so vague that it could apply to a wide variety of common gun accessories and gunsmithing services. Most troubling, it could conceivably be used as a “backdoor” confiscation scheme against millions of legal firearm owners.

The bill’s terminology targets “any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.” Think about that for a moment.

Rifle accessories such as lighter trigger kits and heavier recoil springs are just two of the many common off-the-shelf products that could suddenly be illegal if the bill passes.

“There are a hundred ways to make a semiautomatic firearm fire more quickly, and there is no way to prevent them,” Rep. Massie explained. “You can use common household items.”

“There is an industry that takes your off-the-shelf firearm and improves the trigger so that you can be more accurate and shoot it faster,” the libertarian-leaning lawmaker continued. “Those implements aren’t designed to simulate full auto fire, but they could be read into the language of that bill.”

Gun-grabbing politicians know that they can’t directly go after firearms — at least not yet — so they’re targeting a myriad of accessories and adjustments that even casual gun owners often use on their rifles.

Congress is trying to pass this deeply flawed bill before Americans have a chance to read and understand it… and that should set off alarm bells for every person who values self defense and the Second Amendment.

H/T The Federalist Papers

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