Alice Hausman’s gun grab bill focused on so-called “assault weapons” – now turns to shotguns.
Shotguns are a fearsome weapon, close-in – deadlier than assault rifles in some cases; British special forces have long used the Benelli semi-automatic hunting shotgun as their favorite weapon in the jungle.
But this part of Hausman’s bill is no less bizarre and ill-informed than the rest of it; it’d ban any…:
3.16(4) semi-automatic shotgun that has one or more of the following:
(i) a pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
(ii) any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand;
(iii) a folding or telescoping stock;
(iv) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of seven rounds; or
(v) an ability to accept a detachable magazine;
It’s aimed, seemingly, at weapons like the Russian-built Saiga…:
…which is basically a 12-gauge semi-automatic AK47.
But the Mossberg 930 – it’s semi-automatic, and holds eight rounds…:
…is also covered.
In the meantime? It doesn’t cover pump-action shotguns with all the same goodies…:
…which are almost exactly as deadly. But “pump” sounds quaint, while “semi-automatic” sounds, if you’re a DFL staffer or (who are we kidding) Heather Martens, vaguely evil.
I keep saying “it gets dumber”. Because it does. Stay tuned.