The next stop on our dissection of HF241 – Alice Hausman’s gun grab bill focused on so-called “assault weapons” – is, I’ll be honest, mind-bogglingly obtuse.
It would ban…:
(3) semi-automatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:
(i) any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand;
(ii) a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock;
(iii) a shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel; or
(iv) the capacity to accept a detachable magazine at any location outside of the pistol grip;
This is aimed at the various semi-automatic pistols that have been teased into a vaguely military-looking appearance, like the “Uzi Pistol”
…which are, literally, pistols with little collapsible stocks on them. They are mostly famous for appearing in movies in the hands of gang-bangers, which is no doubt why
Heather Martens some DFL staffer added them to the bill.
But it also includes our old friend the Mauser C96…:
…which can add a stock to make it a light carbine (for horse-mounted troops in the 1800s), and is a big collectible. No, I had a friend who owned one. It’s not that far-out.
(I didn’t forget the Browning HP35…
…which the DFL staff and/or Heather Martens didn’t think about, apparently because it’s not appeared in any gang-banger movies or TV shows, but also has a 13 round magazine, so the DFL will want to ban it anyway…)
Later today: Yes, this bill gets dumber still.