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'Bump fire' triggers could be Feinstein's next 'sky is falling' moment

In an effort to frighten the public into supporting her bill to ban so-called "assault weapons," U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has gone to some trouble to publicize the "threat" posed by "bump fire" rifle stocks like the Fostech Outdoors "Bumpski," and others. To hear Feinstein tell it, these stocks essentially convert semi-automatic firearms into "machine guns," but without changing their legal status under current federal law--a situation she intends to change. As she told the Associated Press:

Ban simulated full-auto? We'll get the real thing
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"Since the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban expired, we have seen a rapid rate of technological improvements in assault weapons, and that concerns me," Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in an email response to questions from The Associated Press.

"This replacement shoulder stock turns a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon that can fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute," she said. Noting the strong existing federal regulation of machine guns, she added, "I strongly believe that devices allowing shooters to fire at similar rates should also be outlawed."

The bad news for Feinstein, if she has not heard it already, is that Tactical Fire Control, Inc. is now accepting pre-orders for a different type of bump fire device--this one a trigger group that uses energy from the previous shot to reset the trigger very quickly. As with the Bumpski and other such stocks, this is by no means fully-automatic fire--subject to all the draconian legal hoops of the National Firearms Act (not to mention the execrable Hughes Amendment), as even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has acknowledged (for now, at least--it can be dangerous to count on them not "changing their minds").

Tac-Con's new 3MR trigger system is apparently a huge hit at the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade) Show currently underway in Las Vegas (Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman is there now--see his latest on-scene update), so while the system has been discussed for a while on the internet, it is likely to become a good deal more widely known very soon.

And thus, very soon, Feinstein might be telling us we have a new reason to fear "assault weapons," which is her way of saying that she has a new reason to fear them. The more the better, as far as I'm concerned--liberty depends on oath-breaking government officials fearing the righteous wrath of the people.

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