Screw Physical Reality

If words having meaning, this is impossible without making every semiautomatic firearm an NFA item. Please note that this redefines machinegun without offering any grace period or grandfathering for existing gear.

Department of Justice Submits Notice of Proposed Regulation Banning Bump Stocks
Today the Department of Justice submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act includes bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.

“President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices.”

This submission is a formal requirement of the regulatory review process. Once approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice will seek to publish this notice as expeditiously as possible.

26 U.S. Code § 5845
(b) Machinegun
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, 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.

In related news, the DOD has announced a new class of faster-than-light fighter aircraft, through the simple redefinition of c equals 755MPH.

On the bright side, auto manufacturers have announced that they can now meet any fleet mileage standard by redefining “mile.” For the moment 1 mile now equals 12 inches (6 inches in California).

And at long last, pi can finally equal 3.2, and circles are squared, in Indiana at least. California has declared that no one needs a high capacity circle, and is considering legislation to lower pi to 2. Hank Johnson [D-GA] has submitted a bill guaranteeing free pi for everyone.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez welcomes the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.

And belt loops are now NFA items.

I stand corrected. Words don’t matter. Not any more.

It remains to be seen if cutting a rifle’s barrel down still makes it a short-barreled rifle. I suspect it depends on whether one of us peons does it, or one of the ruling elite.

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7 thoughts on “Screw Physical Reality”

  1. And on the bright side, I am happy to say since reading this column I have instantly reached my weight loss goal! THANK you SO much for that! Who knew it would be so quick and easy.

  2. Sheila,
    Losing weight turned out to be too hard for me. I started to try to grow taller. I have a better chance of succeeding at that.

  3. The proposed wording that I saw before of a proposed regulation change (have not seen the new proposal) would have actually not had any effect on current bump stocks on the market.

    No one links to the text of the proposed regulation. Of course, all gun laws and regulations are void anyway but I like to point out laws that say one thing and people don’t read them but just get their legal advice from CNN.

    Its likely the same here.

    1. There is no public text for the current proposal yet. What we have is notice to the OMB that a proposed rule is forthcoming. Then there’s a comment period, then the rule’s language could change.

      The previous ATF proposal used the definition, “Bump fire” stocks (bump stocks) are devices used with a semiautomatic firearm to increase the firearm’s cyclic firing rate to mimic nearly continuous automatic fire.

      “Mimic” can mean anything.

      Most legislation has been similar: increase the rate of fire. As I said — several times — any rule or law that claims the firearm’s rate of fire increases is either meaningless…

      Or applies to everything. The ban bunnies know that; that’s why they’re using those words. They mean it to be applied as broadly as they can.

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