Massachusetts citizens could soon lose their right to make several common modifications to their firearms.
Amendment 1 to House Bill 3951, which was approved by the Massachusetts House yesterday, would ban “any device which attaches to a [firearm] … that is designed to increase the rate of discharge.” The issue lies with the overly broad language—it could lead to the ban of ergonomic enhancements, match-grade triggers, muzzle brakes, recoil reducing weights and other modifications. Many of these modifications do not change the mechanics of the firearm, but merely enable it to deliver more accurate and controlled shots, benefiting competitive shooters, hunters, individuals who own firearms for self-defense, and the physically disabled.
Worst of all, the amendment would make felons of otherwise law-abiding gun owners: Any violations would result in a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence.
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The Massachusetts state Senate could consider these ill-informed and poorly-thought-out restrictions as early as TODAY. NRA-ILA is encouraging Bay State gun owners to contact their senator and urge him or her to oppose Amendment 1 to House Bill 3951 byclicking here.
Spokane Police Will Utilize Suppressors To Protect Hearing
In Spokane, Wash., the police department will move to safeguard the hearing of officers and bystanders by installing suppressors on the 181 service rifles that are carried on patrol. “It’s nothing more than like the muffler you put on your car,” said Lt. Rob Boothe, the department’s range master and lead firearms instructor.
The Spokesman-Review reports that this initiative is meant to cut down on workers’ compensation claims filed by officers and lawsuits from bystanders whose hearing could be damaged by unsuppressed firearms. While some on the City Council initially expressed concern, they were satisfied by the explanation that the suppressors would not make gunshots too quiet to hear—they will still be louder than a chainsaw.
“There’s this Hollywood mystique,” Booth said about public misconceptions of suppressors’ function. “Probably the best way to say it, beyond suppressors, is this is an OSHA-approved noise reduction device.” We hope that gun-ban advocates and many in the so-called “mainstream” media, who tend to erroneously paint suppressors as assassination tools, get the message loud and clear.
Scott Rasmussen: Gun Debate Is About Trust
In a Townhall.com column, Scott Rasmussen states that it is Americans’ lack of trust in the government that leads to a lack of action in passing more gun control laws. He notes that it’s been more than 45 years since a majority of citizens placed their full trust in government, so it’s no wonder that most don’t want them in control of guns and gun laws.
Rasmussen cites figures that show 20 percent of the people trust the federal government most of the time, while only 4 percent “just about always” trust it. “From their perspective,” he says, “the government already has too much power. Why would we give them more?”
When the Founding Fathers penned the Second Amendment, it was intended to limit the power of the federal government. So it’s not surprising that Americans are hesitant to turn over the reins and give government control over firearms. “It's uncomfortable because most Americans would like some kind of reasonable rules imposed, but they don't trust the government to be reasonable,” Rasmussen concludes.
Detroit Carry Permit Holder Thwarts Armed Robbery Attempt
“I was stopped by two police officers; they told me to get out of my son’s room. 'You can't be here.'”
Cynthia Quinn told FOX-2 News that she just wanted to see her son, Sanchez, who had been shot. But her 29-year-old son wasn’t a shooting victim, he was the suspect in a robbery. Detroit police say that Quinn tried to rob two people outside a supermarket Sunday night—drawing his gun and demanding money. Unfortunately for Quinn, he drew his weapon on a concealed-carry permit holder, who slapped away the suspect's gun and fired in self-defense.
“I turned and looked and saw the other gentleman had a gun pointed at my face. I was able to knock his hand down and the gunfire rang out,” said the victim. The CPL holder's cousin was shot in the crossfire, and investigators say it’s fortunate they were armed, because otherwise neither might be alive today. Both the cousin and the suspect are expected to recover.