State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks wants to ban suppressors and bump stocks in Nebraska.
This week, at the start of the 2018 Legislative Session, Brooks introduced LB 780. A bill to prohibit “the manufacture, import, transfer, and possession of multi-burst trigger activators and firearm silencers.”
If enacted, offenders would be slapped with a class IV felony. Which means that gun owners could receive as much as two years in prison for possessing what is currently lawfully-owned property.
Funny how that would work. Perfectly legal one day. Outright illegal the next. Talk about infringement.
Ms. Brooks told the Omaha World-Herald that banning these devices would make the state “safer.” Right. Because there is a rash of gun violence in Cornhusker land involving bump stocks and gun mufflers.
What’s interesting is the timing of the bill. The Democrat from Lincoln is in her last year of her first term.
“If I’m not re-elected, I think I would walk away from here thinking, ‘You did nothing about the proliferation of guns in your community,’ ” she said.
My take is she’s probably after that Bloomberg money. Bloomberg’s gun control organization, Everytown for gun safety, is known for donating to candidates that push gun control in their state. Re-elections aren’t cheap. To score some Bloomberg bucks might help the cause.
Or, maybe she is really delusional enough to believe that range novelties and gun suppressors are a threat to public safety.
The question is, how so? Suppressors simply lower the sound of gunfire to hearing-safe levels. Myths about the “danger” they pose have been thoroughly debunked. Not just by me. But by unbiased publications, like PolitiFact.
As it relates to bump stocks, one could ostensibly argue bump stocks increase the lethality of a rifle by accelerating its rate of fire. But anyone in the know also recognizes that an increased rate of fire comes at a price. Usually, a higher rate of fire means the rifle is less accurate and harder to control. Which, compromises its effectiveness. Thus, making it less lethal.
Not to mention the fact that one doesn’t need a bump stock to bump fire. Workarounds involving belt loops and other common household items can be used to rapid fire a rifle. Point being, banning bump stocks won’t put a stop to bump firing.
Then, there’s the question of whether a determined killer is even going to follow LB 870 if it’s enacted. The answer, heck no. So, basically, the real-world effect of LB 870 isn’t to increase public safety. Nor is it to stop bad guys from taking innocent lives. It’s to turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals.
LB 870 faces an uphill battle. Republicans in the Legislature outnumber Democrats by a ratio of about 2-1. Let’s hope lawmakers recognize it for what it is. And let’s hope voters remember who sponsored it come November.