U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords is targeting suppressed muzzleloaders, .50 caliber rifles, AR-style-pistols, and other items. She insists that these get around federal laws around firearms, as well as threaten the safety of the general public.
In a report titled LEGAL AND LETHAL: 9 PRODUCTS THAT COULD BE THE NEXT BUMP STOCK, Giffords and her gun control enthusiasts list off the devices that they will soon be targeting for heavier regulation and oversight under the National Firearms Act.
Giffords appears to be adopting a “take no prisoners” stance on this issue, and will not stop until these products are under heavy control. According to Guns.com:
“Before bump stocks were used to kill 58 people and maim hundreds of others enjoying an outdoor concert, most Americans had never heard of the device,” said David Chipman, a former ATF agent now working for Giffords. “Now there is a growing cry from communities across the nation to make sure bump stocks can’t fall into the hands of another dangerous person. But it’s not the only device gun manufacturers are pushing that can give someone the firepower of a machine gun.”
The report, entitled “Lethal and Legal” holds that aftermarket binary triggers and trigger cranks should be controlled as machine guns, saying “The gun industry has exploited the NFA’s reference to a ‘single function of the trigger’” to market the devices.
Next, the Giffords say shotguns capable of holding 12 or more rounds, like the UTAS12, are “anti-personnel firearms” and should meet the guideline used for destructive devices such as the Street Sweeper which was placed under NFA regulation in 1994.
The group, fronted by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, argues that AK and AR-style pistols use a design that “is a clear attempt to circumvent the NFA’s attempts to closely regulate short-barreled rifles” as are pistol arm braces and blade stabilizers.
“Again, this attachment allows shooters to possess a weapon with the concealability and accuracy of a short-barreled rifle while skirting the regulations of the NFA,” says the report before moving on to incendiary, armor-piercing and .50-caliber ammunition and the rifles that accept it.
The report paints a dismal picture when describing the rounds’ potential uses for terrorists. For example, they depict that the round’s design makes it usable to either disable or flat-out destroy an armored vehicle.
The report also states that these rounds have the capacity to disable and.or destroy radar dishes, airplanes (both while stationary and taxiing), and more military objects of great value.
In addition, the report also responds unfavorably to black powder guns, as well as the SilencerCo Maxim 50 moderated muzzleloader. Black powder guns are not currently under regulation as firearms under the ATF.
Despite the controversy these actions will cause, Giffords and her cronies are insistent of their views:
“This weapon is designed with a built-in device to suppress its sound. If any other firearm were built with such a device, it would be subject to the NFA as a silencer,” says the group.