Posted by David Roberts on 16th Oct 2017

New Bill Outlaws the Use of the Firearm's Trigger

   The bipartisan gun control measure following the horrific shooting October 1 in Las Vegas was drafted last Tuesday in the House by a Republican and a Democrat, with exactly 10 members of each party co-sponsoring.The bill drafted by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R–Fla.) and Seth Moulton (D– Mass.) and sponsored by many on both sides intends to make illegal bump stocks or "any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle." The ATF has no comment concerning the regulations and enforcement of such a ban as the legislation is still in process. Hailed as a "step in the right direction" by many in the gun control community this legislation is quite clear in it's wording and intent. Curbelo stated in his press release, "this common-sense legislation will ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law without restricting Second Amendment rights."while adding it being an "important first step to address gun violence."

While the original intent was to just ban the use of bump stocks the legislation has since been expanded, by use of broad inclusive language, to include the use of binary and competition triggers which by their very design are intended to allow competition shooters to more quickly engage targets. The ATF does not regulate trigger pull weights or trigger design beyond one not allowing the firing of multiple rounds by use of the mechanical trigger using a single pull. Reading the language of the proposal carefully it becomes apparent that the use of any trigger whatsoever directly and by design is a "part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire." This clearly means that any trigger is designed to increase the rate of fire from zero to at minimum one shot. This unacceptable rate of fire is responsible for almost all firearms deaths and must be stopped according to sources close to the drafted legislation. Our unnamed source, speaking anonymously because they are not cleared to speak to the press, says " The importance of maintaining public safety must be balanced with the wording of the 2nd Amendment, The Constitution does require the ability to keep and bare firearms and we in Congress are dedicated to keeping that sacred. This legislation simply removes the ability of the firearm from being able to fire a bullet by outlawing the parts that would allow it to increase it's rate of fire. That way we can keep our right to bear arms while keeping everyone safe."

Hailed as a victory by the NRA as a win for the gun lobby the outlawing of the functional trigger has bipartisan support. Nancy Pelosi , Senate Minority Leader, is quoted " While this legislation is a step in the right direction, we are hoping for a slippery slope of firearm regulations to follow." The Democratic Party released a press release confirming their commitment to the 2nd Amendment and praising the NRA for it's uncharacteristic support for "common sense gun regulations we can all agree on." The removal of a functional trigger using this "common sense regulation" should be hailed as a middle ground resolution and is being showcased as an example of what we can come to expect of future bipartisan legislation in the future.

<satire> but way too close for comfort

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