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The Fake News About Machine Guns In Las Vegas Attack

With Hollywood celebrities, media “reporters” and other instant constitutional law and firearms experts calling the weapons apparently used in the Las Vegas attack “machine guns,” we thought we ought to clear-up some of the fake news about what is and is not a “machine gun.”

The use of a machine gun in a murder is so rare that the last reported murder we could find in the U.S. involving Machine gun tweeta full auto "machine gun" was in 2002 when a policeman used his service-issued weapon to kill five neighbors.

Editor’s note: The domestic manufacture and import of new machine guns that civilians could purchase was effectively banned by language in the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. Consequently, the price of pre-1986 machine guns is now tens of thousands of dollars, making them inaccessible to the bulk of murderers who are street gang members, drug dealers or parties to domestic violence.

A machine gun is regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. The National Firearms Act (NFA) does not ban machine guns; it regulates their sale by imposing a $200 tax and registration scheme. This same legislation imposes a similar tax and registration on short-barreled (sawed-off) shotguns and rifles. The NFA and its attendant taxes are still in force, codified in amended form at 26 U.S.C. § 5801 et. seq.

Under 26 U.S.C. 5845(b), "The term machinegun' means 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. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended solely and exclusively, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person."

The “frame or receiver” is the “box,” if you will, that houses the trigger mechanism, hammer or striker, and to which the barrel and stock or grip are attached.

The key point in the legal definition of a machine gun versus any other kind of gun is this; the gun 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.”

This means that rapid fire guns that have a hand crank, such a Civil War era Gatling Gun, or a pump action rifle or shotgun or a semi-automatic gun that loads one round for each pull of the trigger is not a machine gun because they each require one trigger pull or other manual action per shot fired.

A “bumpfire stock,” as was apparently used in the Las Vegas attack, does not come within the purview of the NFA because it does not change how the gun loads or fires – it still requires one pull of the trigger for each round loaded and each shot fired.

So why all the confusion between a “bumpfire stock” and a machine gun in Las Vegas?

What a “bumpfire stock” does is add a mechanical device that transfers the energy generated by the exploding charge in the cartridge through a linkage to the receiver, thereby moving the gun, and in effect assisting the operator in pulling the trigger.

This increases the rate of fire by assisting the human mechanical action involved in pulling the trigger, and substituting a mechanical “bump” for the thought and muscle process of making your finger squeeze the trigger, but it doesn’t change the mechanism of the gun – it still delivers one shot and one reload per trigger pull, the same as if a human finger pulled the trigger without the mechanical assistance of the “bumpfire stock.”

You can view a video of how it works through this link. Pay careful attention to the operator’s trigger finger and notice how there is in fact one trigger pull per shot fired.

Naturally, after the Las Vegas attack, Democrats and other anti-gun Leftists have called for the banning of the “bumpfire stock,” but this would be a huge, and we believe unconstitutional, extension of the existing scheme of firearms regulation, which remember, doesn’t ban real machine guns or machine gun parts, let alone rapid-fire mechanisms, such as cranks.

Adhering to the tried and true Democratic strategy of never letting a crisis go to waste, California’s Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has already introduced a bill to ban bumpfire stocks, and establishment Republican squishes have already started to sound like they are willing to pre-surrender without thinking through the logical conclusion of such a ban or its constitutional implications.

We urge Republicans to stand fast for the Constitution and the Second Amendment and to resist any Democrat attempt to buffalo them into further restrictions on firearms and their owners.

CHQ Editor George Rasley is a Glock ® certified pistol armorer and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas shooting is another scheme for the Democrats and the NFA to confiscate law abiding American gun owners their firearms guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution the Second Amendment. The Las Vegas shooting was a hoax for Democrats and Establishment Republicans and the NFA to impose new regulations on firearms. We know that it's not the guns that commit crimes
it's the criminals behind the guns that the issue should be addressed. The New Town Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shooting was all a hoax. Thorough back ground checks are needed to keep guns out of criminals hands and people with mental illness.

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