Dumbest Gun Laws Passed In 2018

When I was 12 years old I worked for a Royal Crown Cola bottling company. I weighed 110 lbs with a mouth full of water and a pocket full of rocks. One of my tasks was to hump 100 lb sacks of sugar up a 17 step flight of stairs. I was paid 50 cents per hour in REAL money–silver coins or certificates redeemable therein.
So I saved my 50 cent pieces until I had $29.95. I then cut a coupon off of the back cover of an outdoors magazine, filled in the information, put it and the money in an envelope and mailed it. A week or so later, the postman (yes, US Postal Service) delivered to my front door a British Enfield surplus British army rifle in 303 caliber. I still have the old rifle.

If that was today, how many laws do you suppose would have been violated? — jtl, 419

by Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms


Combat Shooter's Handbook   Ah, here we are, the last day of 2018. The year started with such promise, only to run face-first into the semi of media bombardment and political squishiness.

While I’ve already discussed some of the missed opportunities of 2018, it’s not like that’s all that has happened. Unfortunately, a lot of gun control regulation passed this year, and some of it was completely idiotic. Let’s look at some of the most egregious examples.

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Perhaps the dumbest has been the trend of states discriminating against grown adults, people who are old enough to be issued actual assault rifles by the military, by blocking them from purchasing any firearm.

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These laws tell 18- to 20-year-old Americans that they’re second-class Americans, unworthy of the same rights that the rest of us enjoy.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualIt’s only a matter of time before this comes up to a federal court, and I pray it’s smacked down as the horrible law it is.

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Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View  Washington state wasn’t content in passing a single gun control law. Oh no, it had to sign into law a gaggle of them as one ballot initiative covered everything from a safe storage requirement to a renewed assault weapon ban.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) In fact, the print on the petition to get it on the ballot was so small that a judge ruled against it. Unfortunately, it was overturned, and I suspect a number of Washingtonians didn’t even know what they were supporting. In fact, I suspect most didn’t know everything covered by the law.

At some point in the future, this law may be overturned for sheer ridiculousness. But even if it’s not, it may be winnowed down over time by legislators who recognize all the dumb in this bill.

Magazine Restrictions

At no point in history has a magazine limit been shown to reduce crime in any way. But that didn’t stop New Jersey from trying it yet again.

Granted, it already had a restriction, but it wasn’t…well…restrictive enough. Now the state has a 10-round capacity limit on all magazines and seems to think this will somehow make a dent in its problems.

It won’t.

As already noted, it never has, especially since the bad guys can still get magazines from out of state and keep on doing what they do.

Meanwhile, the good guys who find themselves confronted by these jackwagons will be at a disadvantage. Not that New Jersey gives a damn.

Bump Stock Ban

We had a Republican Congress and a Republican White House for the whole of 2018. So how did we end up with a bump stock ban?

That’s easy. The Trump administration directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to reevaluate it’s earlier decision to approve bump stocks.

Now, bear in mind that the definition of a machine gun is a weapon that is capable of firing more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger. All a bump stock does is make it so you can pull that trigger more quickly. Still, the weapon only fires a single shot per trigger pull.

Let’s also keep in mind that bump stocks facilitate bump firing of a semi-automatic weapon, but it’s not the only way to bump fire one; you can use rubber bands, shoestrings, or even a belt loop to bump fire.

None of that stopped the ATF from changing its mind on the regulation. Just like that, bump stocks were declared illegal. In fairness, bump stocks were also banned in state legislatures throughout the country, which is where a ban should happen if it’s going to (hint: it shouldn’t).

All of this despite the devices being on the market for years and only being misused in a criminal act precisely one time.

While Las Vegas was horrific, we haven’t seen any mass shooters following the Las Vegas killer’s “lead,” despite the massive death toll. Why is that? Possibly because bump firing isn’t aimed fire. It’s fine for sending a lot of lead down range, but it’s not good for hitting a particular target. Mass shooters likely recognize their targets will be massed for a short period of time and choose their options accordingly.

Regardless of why, though, we know for a fact that no one else has used them to cause harm since Las Vegas.

But that doesn’t matter. One person used one to do a bad thing. Thus, they’re bad things and must be purged. Who cares if thousands of people enjoyed them with no issue for years previously, right?

Just like that, you have some of the dumbest gun laws of 2018.

However, it was a busy year, and I easily may have missed something. So tell me, what are your “greatest hits” over the past year?

Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia. https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/

 

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2 Responses to Dumbest Gun Laws Passed In 2018

  1. Reblogged this on Land & Livestock International, Inc. and commented:

    When I was 12 years old I worked for a Royal Crown Cola bottling company. I weighed 110 lbs with a mouth full of water and a pocket full of rocks. One of my tasks was to hump 100 lb sacks of sugar up a 17 step flight of stairs. I was paid 50 cents per hour in REAL money–silver coins or certificates redeemable therein.

    So I saved my 50 cent pieces until I had $29.95. I then cut a coupon off of the back cover of an outdoors magazine, filled in the information, put it and the money in an envelope and mailed it. A week or so later, the postman (yes, US Postal Service) delivered to my front door a British Enfield surplus British army rifle in 303 caliber. I still have the old rifle.

    If that was today, how many laws do you suppose would have been violated? — jtl, 419

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  2. No matter how the rationalize it for safety or concern for the children or whatever they call it, in the end it’s all about eventual confiscation.

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