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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.

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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