By Jeff Dunetz
Wherever one lives in this great country, Sunday evening’s massacre in Las Vegas was nothing short of horrific. Everyone I spoke to was both saddened and frightened by the crazed gunman who fired on a crowd of about 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, murdering at least 59 people and injuring at least 515 more.
Disgustingly, as they do with every tragic shooting, even before the bodies were cold, the anti-gun politicians exploit the horror, using it as an opportunity to infringe on the rights of law-abiding Americans and pick up votes from their liberal base. However, instead of proposing a solution that would prevent mass shootings, they tell lies that skirt the real issue.
The following answers some of the charges they’ve already made (and are still making) and some of the charges that will come in the coming days:
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The shooter used a conversion kit to convert a semi-automatic weapon to an automatic weapon. The Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 made it illegal to purchase or own a “machine gun” which is defined as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”
Therefore the definition includes weapons upgraded to be automatic.
However, the bump stock is legal even though it makes the semi-automatic replicate the action of an automatic because the trigger is pulled for each shot. The “bump stacks” he used to upgrade his gun was legal, but I hear the member of Congress screaming for legislation to limit gun ownership rather than taking a look at accessories that make semi-automatics imitate fully automatic weapons.
Federal gun law:
- requires all machine guns, except antique firearms, not in the U.S. government’s possession to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF);
- bars private individuals from transferring or acquiring machine guns except those lawfully possessed and registered before May 19, 1986;
- requires anyone transferring or manufacturing machine guns to get prior ATF approval and register the firearms;
- with very limited exceptions, imposes a $200 excise tax whenever a machine gun is transferred;
- bars interstate transport of machine guns without ATF approval; and
- imposes harsh penalties for machine gun violations, including imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both for possessing an unregistered machine gun.
That’s FEDERAL Law. Some talking heads were saying yesterday that in Nevada that law doesn’t apply–WRONG. Federal law supersedes any local law (which is why sanctuary cities are illegal)…
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