H.R. 3999, Filled With Words Meaning Not What They Seem

I see a “bipartisan” group of congressmen has sponsored a bill to allow the ATF or other law enforcement agencies to do – pretty much what they want to do.

Evidently, someone said “It would be a good idea to outlaw those bump fire stocks that guy killed all those people with in Las Vegas.” And then an ANTI got involved, and forgot to specify what this proposed law was to do.

Ostensibly, it will prohibit the manufacture and possession of any device to increase the rate of fire of a firearm. In practice, the lack of specifics leaves what this boll does open. For example, someone entirely ignorant of firearms might think a Timney trigger you replaced the unsafe trigger on your converted military rifle was intended to increase the rate of fire. After all, what to people ignorant of guns know about rifles that fire when you open the bolt to unload them.

the result would be catastrophic. The way the bill is written, I feel the potential disaster lying in wait in that bill is deliberate. With that, here is the full text of H.R. 3999:

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A Bill, H.R. 3999

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 10, 2017

Mr. Curbelo of Florida (for himself, Mr. Moulton, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Polis, Mr. Lance, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Meehan, Ms. Rosen, Mr. Royce of California, Mr. O’Rourke, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Paulsen, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Costello of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kihuen, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Delaney, Mr. Dent, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Ms. Stefanik, and Mr. Perlmutter) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Prohibition on manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.

(a) Prohibition.—Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(aa) It shall be unlawful for any person—

“(1) in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, to manufacture, possess, or transfer any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun; or

“(2) to manufacture, possess, or transfer any such part or combination of parts that have been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.”.

(b) Penalties.—Section 924(a)(1)(B) of such title is amended by striking “or (q)” and inserting “(q), or (aa)”.

(c) Sentencing guidelines.—Pursuant to its authority under section 994 of title 28, United States Code, and in accordance with this subsection, the United States Sentencing Commission shall amend and review the Federal sentencing guidelines and policy statements to ensure that the guidelines provide for a penalty enhancement of not less than 2 offense levels for a violation of section 922(aa) of title 18 of such Code if the device described in such section 922(aa) has been—

(1) used, carried, or possessed during or in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime (as such terms are defined in section 924(c)(3) of such title 18); or

(2) smuggled unlawfully into or from the United States.

(d) Effective date.—This section and the amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to conduct engaged in after the 90-day period that begins with the date of the enactment of this Act.

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In its present form, with almost no guidance on what is and is not to be prohibited, but great attention paid to sentencing the millions of bump-stock owners the bill is completely unacceptable.

It is unfortunate that none of the sponsores or co-sponsors represent my Congressional District. I know a young lady who would do a very good job of protecting our rights – and has seen first hand what the loss of gun rights leads to.

But if one of these is your representative, give his office a call and protest this vague and irresponsible bill.

If a Congressman cannot protect constituent interests they hae no business in Congress.

Stranger.

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