It started with a CNN Money article last Thursday, titled "New rifle mimics machine gun's rapid fire -- and it's legal." The means by which the rifle ostensibly "mimics machine gun's rapid fire" is not new--"bump firing," whereby the recoil from each shot allows the trigger to reset, thus permitting rapid firing of a semi-automatic firearm--has been around for years. Somewhat newer are stocks like the Bumpski and DefendAR-15, from Fostech Outdoors, and the Slide Fire Solutions stock used in the new rifle, which mechanize the process of bump firing, making it easier and more controllable.
This column has noted previous attempts to frighten the public over bump fire stocks, with rabidly anti-gun U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) leading the way. S. 150, her bill to ban so-called "assault weapons," would specifically ban the stocks, which she bizarrely characterizes as a "loophole" in the regulation of fully-automatic firearms (see sidebar video, in which she inexplicably calls them "slide iron" stocks).
The new development that CNN evidently intends the public to fear is that Slide Fire Solutions has announced a new AR-15-pattern rifle using a bump fire stock, but with the capability to be fed from ammunition belts, as well as from detachable magazines:
Slide Fire, based in Moran, Texas, plans to sell a semiautomatic rifle that mimics the rapid fire of a machine gun and is also fed bullets from a belt, which provides a huge capacity for ammunition -- potentially thousands of rounds.
Brandon Renner, sales and marketing manager for Slide Fire, says the belt-fed rifle, called the SFS BFR, will be available this fall and sell for $6,000.
The article makes no mention of how an aspiring spree killer would manage to haul around these many-yards-long belts of "thousands of rounds" of ammunition, nor was there any attempt to estimate how many potential mass shooters would be able to plunk down $6000 (before ammo costs are figured in) for their pseudo "machine gun."
Nevertheless, the "be very afraid" theme is catching on with the reliably anti-gun mass media, with the Huffington Post asking, "There Is A Ban On Automatic Weapons, So How Is This Belt-Fed 'Machine Gun' Completely Legal?" and brazenly lying that, "For all intents and purposes, Slide Fire's new SFS BFRs function like machine guns . . . " without making any attempt to explain why none of the world's military forces (or any other government agencies, for that matter) are known to use bump fire stocks, rather than actual machine guns.
The Raw Story claims that the existence of such equipment on the legal civilian market is a "legal loophole," by which the rifle "sprays bullets like a machine gun," in the process handily demonstrating how "raw stories" would benefit from some cooking under the heat of truth.
By the way, if, as the Huffington Post claims, bump fire stock-equipped rifles are "for all intents and purposes" equivalent to machine guns, and if, as the Violence Policy Center claims, semi-automatic rifles "are arguably more deadly than military versions, because most experts agree that semiautomatic fire is more accurate—and thus more lethal—than automatic fire," shouldn't the anti-gun position be a demand for the requirement that all semi-automatic rifles be equipped with such stocks?
Don't be surprised if soon, a new federal bill to ban bump fire stocks, and perhaps belt-fed semi-automatic rifles (which often fall outside regulation under many magazine bans, depending on how the ban is worded) is introduced, citing this very rifle. It would hardly be surprising if CNN ran this story at the request of Sen. Feinstein or a like-minded anti-gun jihadist, to "prep the battle field"--setting up public support for a ban. Or perhaps Feinstein is ambitious enough to hope that this development is sufficient to revive S. 150, which would ban bump fire stocks, belt-fed semi-automatics, and so-called "assault weapons."
That such a ban would accomplish nothing, given how easily one could improvise one's own bump fire stock (and that's without even taking into account that such stocks would seem a prime candidate for 3D printing), will no doubt get little or no mention--at least by CNN Money, Raw Story and the Huffington Post.
In the meantime, if any reader has any suggestions as to how one might set up a Bumpski-equipped Vepr-12 shotgun for belt-feeding (without losing the magazine-feeding capability, and without costing thousands of dollars), St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner would love to hear from you.
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