NO­BODY’SOB CHAM­BER MAID

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With or­di­nary 12-gauge shot­guns, you fire four shells, stop and load four shells, con­stantly clear­ing and load­ing the cham­ber. But with the new KSG-25®, you sim­ply load an en­tire box of 2¾” shells and fire away. Thanks to our patented dual-tube mag­a­zines and down­ward shell ejec­tion, you’re no­body’s cham­ber maid. In­no­va­tion. Per­for­mance. Kel-Tec. See more at KelTecWeapons.com.

With the an­nounce­ment that his ad­min­is­tra­tion was mov­ing to ban bump stocks fol­low­ing the re­cent school shoot­ing in Florida, the Trump White House has crossed into all-too-fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. Fol­low­ing a fre­netic and seem­ingly or­ches­trated cam­paign from the anti-gun crowd and their lack­eys in the me­dia, Congress and the ex­ec­u­tive branch were un­der in­tense pres­sure to “do some­thing,” even if that some­thing was in­ef­fec­tual, poorly rea­soned, and noth­ing more than a sop to peo­ple who rely on feel­ings to get them through life. After mass shoot­ings in Las Ve­gas and Texas, those who would com­pul­so­rily dis­arm us fi­nally had the bloody shirt they wanted. Ev­i­dently, some lives are more valu­able to their nar­ra­tive than oth­ers.

It’s easy to see why bump stock man­u­fac­tur­ers were thrown un­der the bus, and hav­ing to de­fend a use­less plas­tic gim­mick ac­ces­sory doesn’t rile up the gun-own­ing pop­u­lace in the same way that a semi-auto ban would. Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever, if we give th­ese bas­tards an inch, they’ll take a mile.

What’s more con­cern­ing about the pres­i­dent’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der is that the bump stock al­ready com­plies with fed­eral law re­gard­ing the def­i­ni­tion of a semi-auto — i.e. one shot is fired per trig­ger press. In or­der to ban the de­vices, ei­ther Congress would need to amend ex­ist­ing law, or the ex­ec­u­tive branch would have to go around them and cre­ate an ad­min­is­tra­tive rule by fiat. This has the very real po­ten­tial to en­snare other un­re­lated ac­ces­sories, such as com­pe­ti­tion trig­gers and light­weight bolt car­rier groups, de­pend­ing on the lan­guage used. This isn’t the way our repub­lic is sup­posed to work.

In the first stage of the pro­posed rule change fol­low­ing the Las Ve­gas atroc­ity, the BATFE so­licited com­ments from stake­hold­ers who might have been af­fected by any changes — in ex­cess of 90 per­cent of those who com­mented were against any ac­tion be­ing taken.

The next phases of rule mak­ing are the cre­ation of a draft pro­posal, fol­lowed by a fur­ther com­ment pe­riod. We rec­om­mend you let your govern­ment know in no un­cer­tain terms that any in­fringe­ment of our Sec­ond Amend­ment rights is un­ac­cept­able.

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