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Friday, December 22, 2006

Our favorite thugs do a little more stomping with their jackboots

On another gun rights blog I admire, I learned of the sad (but hardly surprising) story of the BATFE's capricious and arbitrary abuse of power in dealing with the makers of the Akins Accelerator. For those unfamiliar with this device, it mechanizes the process of "bump firing" (using recoil to rapidly fire a semi-automatic firearm, by allowing more rapid pulling of the trigger than is normally possible) of a Ruger 10/22. Since the trigger must still be pulled for every round fired, this device in no way converts the firearm to a machine gun (which, by definition, does not require a separate trigger pull for each shot). At first, the BATFE acknowledged that fact, as they explicitly state in this letter.

Unfortunately, when dealing with F-Troop, the rules can change at any time (just ask Richard Caleta, of KT Ordnance). Without warning, they suddenly reversed their position, saying that (contrary to every definition of machine gun) the Akins Accelerator constitutes a machine gun, subject to all the insanely draconian laws (NFA, GCA, Hughes Amendment to FOPA) that real machine guns are subjected to (despite the Constitution).

Just one more reason (if one were needed) to disband the BATFE, and force the F-Troopers to find useful work.


me said...

admire is too strong a word. Perhaps stop in for a snicker.

Disbanding them wouldn't do much, I think we all realize that crappy folks in government don't just go away, they get corner offices, a bigger paycheck, and more power.

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

Ahh--you're too modest.

You're probably right about disbanding the BATFE not having much of an effect in the long run--but I'd still derive more than a little satisfaction from it.