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Would You Back a Ban on 'Bullet Button' Rifles?

Critics say gun manufacturers are skirting the law by selling semiautomatic rifles that enable 'spray fire' and are often used in massacres such as the recent shooting at a Colorado movie theater.

Assault rifles virtually identical to the one used in the Aurora, Colo., massacre last month are easy to find in California, despite the state’s ban on assault weapons.

That’s because gun manufacturers have exploited a loophole in the law by marketing assault rifles with a release button for the ammunition magazine that can be activated with the tip of a bullet.

They’re called “bullet button” semiautomatic assault weapons and, according to critics, they circumvent California’s ban on guns with a detachable ammunition magazine by allowing the user to “spray fire” bullets as quickly as they can pull the trigger.

But a bill set to be heard Thursday in the State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee aims to close the loophole in hopes of preventing mass shootings such as the one in Aurora or the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin.

SB 249, sponsored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), would end the sale of “bullet button” assault weapons by clarifying existing law to define “detachable magazine” in a way that is consistent with the plain language of the law. 

The bill would also make clear that the California Department of Justice has the authority to update and bring into compliance existing regulations concerning assault weapons. 

According to the Violence Policy Center, gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson, Bushmaster and DPMS, ArmaLite, Colt, and Sig Sauer are actively targeting California in an effort to lift sagging sales of this class of weapon. 

“Ironically the gun industry is targeting California because of the very success of the state’s assault weapons ban,” the group says in a statement. 

Do you favor legislation that would ban the sale of “bullet button” semi-automatic rifles? Or is it a misguided policy that won't do anything to improve public safety? Share your views with other readers.

Tim B August 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM
No question "gun control" is a delusional misnomer in the US. But better too little too late than nothing at all! From Wikipedia statistics you are 59 times more likely to be shot and killed in the US than in England, for example. Only drug-ravaged developing countries or war zones are more dangerous! (And gun suicide rates are even higher).
Lloyd August 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I am always at a loss to understand why ar15, ak47 and all other types of assault weapons are allowed to be sold only if you can't rapid change magazines. This isn't gun control this is some political hacks illusion of any control. I believe we all have the right to bear arms as stated in the constitution. However at a time of single shot muskets do you really believe they envisioned deranged citizens spraying innocent children, men & women in the name of that right? I suppose our politicians, you know those citizens that would volunteer their time a week or two a year to represent their constituents in the Congress would morph into a royalty full time entitlement class above all of the rest of us? Get real bans and loopholes are our way to justify the insanity we actually allow Washington to feed us.
Rick Fraites August 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
These types of common sense controls are okay for California. The NRA doesn't own our legislature....yet. In DC? The NRA puppet masters have so many members of congress under its control that it is impossible to stop the arming of America with all of the wiz-bang weapons that are currently available in many states. I too back the right of an American citizen to own a gun. But we have allowed an organization (NRA), that is nothing but a lobbying group for gun manufactures, to dominate and control our state and federal legislative bodies. This madness must end, but will it??
Brant August 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The solution to violent attacks is not to disarm law-abiding citizens, thereby ensuring that they are easy prey. It is to take the violent out of our society. The Aurora shooter was under psychiatric care. There are provisions in the law that prevent such people from purchasing weapons. Those provisions did not protect the public because of a failure on the part of the care-giver. Let's do the right thing here by improving guidance for and control over the providers of psychiatric care.
David Randolph August 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
What the author doesn't know about guns would fill volumes. Assault weapon is an incorrect term. A baseball bat is an assault weapon if you hit your neighbor over the head with it. Assault rifle is a term invented by anti-gunners. Most any gun can be fired as fast as you can pull the trigger, unless it is a single shot variety and few are. And there is enough suspicion about the Colorado shooting incident that it was a set-up by this anti-gun administration to gin up anti-gun sentiment across the country to get their anti-gun agenda passed without bringing the subject up before an election. Notice the democrats don't say too much about gun control because they know it's not a winner on election day. 12 people dead is mere collateral damage if the end result is registration and ultimately gun confiscation. It's not as far-fetched as some might think…
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
There is a viral video of two masked men entering a casino, each armed with a shotgun, not in California. They arrempt a robbery, but a grandpa carrying a concealed pistol starts shooting at them and they flee, without any money and without hurting anyone. If there had been one concealed weapon carrier in the Aurora theater there would have been far fewer innocent casualties. A concealed pistol is your only defense. The police just make diagrams after crimes are committed. The police do not go around unarmed here. Do they? Only in homogenious societies are the police unarmed.
Mark Burnham August 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
jerome you can do better than that. well if you can't i can.. the VERY SAME weekend as the aurora shooting two armed gunmen entered an internet cafe in florida. a grandfather (71 yrs of age) stood up, pulled out his pistol, and while firing off a few rounds chased the criminals out of the store. the national news, not surprisingly, gave this event almost zero air time. aurora would have had little tv time as well had someone in the 3rd row taken out a weapon and plugged "the joker" between the eyes before he did his damage. oh and by the way here is the video of the internet cafe attack and armed grandpa defending the innocents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YffbN29XOs
Jack August 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
CA seems to have the most limiting gun laws in the Union. Oddly, the states with less limiting firearm laws always seem to have less problems with gun related crimes. People need to stop focusing on firearms and look more to spotting and getting help for the deranged people who would use them on innocents, before those people go on their killing spree's. FBI Data: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep/27/gun-crime-map-statistics
Leland Yee August 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM
"We must limit access to weapons that can carry massive rounds of bullets or that can be easily reloaded." Apparently 10 rounds is a massive amount of bullets to Leland Yee and the use of a tool to change out a magazine is considered easily reloaded.
Leland Yee August 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM
SB 249 Pulled from Committee in California http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/guns/california-sb-249-pulled-committee-nssf-thanks-all-gun-owners
Leland Yee August 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM
CA SB 249 (the 'bullet button' ban) is Dead http://www.guns.com/california-ban-bullet-button-dead-10551.html
Leland Yee August 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM
California’s Dangerous Plan To Outlaw All Firearms With Detachable Magazines http://www.ammoland.com/2012/08/14/californias-dangerous-plan-to-outlaw-all-firearms-with-detachable-magazines/#ixzz23kuomJTk
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
@#Jack, that was why the Supreme Court heard the challenge to the Washington DC gun law that prohibited everyone who is not a LEO from owning a gun; because all the guns in DC were in the hands of criminals. Even that law did not stop them.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Is this Leland Yee writing about Leland Yee. Assemblyman Yee, do you have armed guards at the door where you work? Why are you special and not us? Also, I like your E-Verify bill. You stated that E-Verify should not be mandated until it had a higher accuracy. Accuracy is why you opposed it. There is not a single US citizen or legal immigrant who has been denied employment, in the entire United States. It is THE most accurate government, next to the mint. The only false negatives have been of women who changed their names due to marriage and forgot to tell Social Security. Denying E-Verify is your way of insuring open borders without having to admit to such idiosy. Illegal still means that someone broke the law.
M. Calwald August 17, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Lloyd, I agree with you. My wife does too.
CB August 18, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Again this will not stop CRIMINALS from having weapons. How will laws prevent CRIMINALS from having weapons? It only leaves law abiding citizens easy pray for CRIMINALS!!
Sean Erickson August 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
It funny that Mr Yee wants to take away our Constitutional Rights yet he's protected buy guards who carry sub machine guns concealed. I can't get a concealed weapons permit just to protect my family or even own a sub machine gun like an Uzi, yet Mr. Yee's staff can. People have you had enough of the Democrat Communists hypocrites running California into the ground yet?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 31, 2012 at 04:09 PM
First, all Americans who concur with the Second Amendment must actually vote, and vote for someone who will represent your rights, rather than the leftists who keep getting elected.

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