The final part of Alice Hausman’s HF241` – her gun grab bill focused on so-called “assault weapons” – may be the strangest, most vaguely-written, dumbest of all. It’d ban any…:
3.23(5) shotgun with a revolving cylinder
It’d seem to be aimed at the big, scary looking “Streetsweeper”-class shotguns, which do, indeed, have a “revolving cylinder” holding their rounds…:
And it’s not “semi-automatic” (not to get technical, but that means “weapon that uses the force of either the explosion or recoil to eject the empty cartridge and chamber a new round”; the Sweeper has a wind-up spring).
But it said “shotgun with a revolving cylinder”. That also includes the Rossi Circuit Judge…:
…a popular .410-gauge varmint plinker.
And for that matter, it includes the extremely popular Taurus Judge (no relation)…:
…which is a pistol, sure – but a .410 gauge shotgun with a revolving cylinder (that also happens to fire .45 Long Colt pistol rounds as well.
Look – we get it. Alice Hausman is subcontracting her bill-writing out to Heather Martens – who, herself, knows nothing about guns whatsoever.
The question isn’t “are Hausman and Martens and the rest of the DFL metrocrats on the Public Safety committee talking out their asses on the subject”. That’s a given.
The question is “aren’t you DFLers embarassed?”