LETTER: Understanding the gun debate
To the Editor: Sen. Feinstein has proposed legislation after the recent shootings: "It shall be unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, possess a trigger crank, a bump-fire device or any accessory that functions to accelerate the ra...
To the Editor:
Sen. Feinstein has proposed legislation after the recent shootings: "It shall be unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, possess a trigger crank, a bump-fire device or any accessory that functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle."
Many who are not gun literate need to participate in the gun debate with understanding.
A conventional rifle requires one trigger pull for each shell discharged. Manual ejection and reloading the next shell is required. A semi-automatic rifle ejects and reloads automatically.
Military assault rifles (AR) as they are manufactured for civilian use, function as a conventional semi-automatic rifle. Trigger modifications to make any firearm fire automatically are illegal for civilian use. Trigger modification instructions are on the internet.
A magazine holds the next shell in position. A clip is a removable magazine which can be preloaded and quickly changeable. Sporting clips hold three to five shells; clips for AR hold 30 to 100 shells.
Aftermarket modifications to the stock of an AR are available. They move the neck of the stock backwards towards the shoulder stationary portion of the stock. Spent shell is ejected; springs move gun forward, loading next shell. Forward movement essentially "pulls" the trigger, moving firing pin forward to discharge the shell. The cycle takes about two-tenths of a second - 300 times per minute. One hundred-round clip unloads in 20 seconds. Technically not a trigger modification, this is legal under current law and is the loophole for fully automatic function of AR, but not sporting semi-automatic rifles.
Recoil reducing devices incorporated into sporting firearms (not affecting triggers) can be termed "bump" devices, not to be confused with "bump-fire" devices.
An assault rifle platform modified with a bump-fire device and multiple 100-round clips is a killing machine with no sporting or home defense use. In the hands of the unscrupulous, horrific scenes like Las Vegas can happen.
A delineation between civilian and military weapons is already in force and can be modified by the proposed legislative action without altering the intent of current legislation. Preservation of Second Amendment rights is a must.
Calvin F. Andersen