Nebraska Bill Would Ban Bump Stocks and Suppressors


State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks.  She wants to make Nebraska safer by turning law-abiding gun owners into criminals. Makes perfect sense.  Right?

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.

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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.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Billybob February 7, 2018, 8:37 pm

    Just one BAD APPLE runes the whole barrel ! 4473 . Lying on this form is a felony and can be punished by up to five years in prison Question 11.e: Added a warning statement regarding marijuana that has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where the transferee/buyer resides. Instruction for Questions 11.b – 12 (Formerly Questions 11.b – 11.l): Added a new paragraph between the 1st and 2nd paragraphs. “A member of the Armed Forces must answer “yes” to 11.b. or 11.c. if charged with an offense that was either referred to a General Court Martial, or at which the member was convicted. Discharged “under dishonorable conditions” means separation from the Armed Forces resulting from a dishonorable discharge or dismissal adjudged by a General Court-Martial. The term does not include any other discharge or separation from the Armed Forces.”

  • Sepp W January 6, 2018, 6:58 am

    Not about making people safer, but control.
    Every liberal gun control law either passed or proposed places arbitrary restrictions on law-abiding citizens. These laws don’t apply to criminals because, by their very nature, they don’t follow laws. If someone is going to commit a murder or assault they don’t care if their weapon of choice is or is not compliant with law.

  • Artur S January 6, 2018, 12:25 am

    I have 3 patents for silencers, this is a very complex device for multiple shots. For a single criminal shot, there are dozens of ways to reduce sound with the help of garbage from the tank. The ban will spoil hundreds of ears and that’s all he will achieve. This is a simple career populism.

  • NavyVet1959 January 5, 2018, 11:54 am

    A recent poll of mass shooters and those who indicated that they might be inclined to become mass shooters showed that 99.99873% of them could not even identify Nebraska on a map.

  • Frank January 5, 2018, 10:10 am

    Get rid of that Bitch!

  • Phil January 5, 2018, 9:51 am

    “prohibit “the manufacture, import, transfer, and possession of multi-burst trigger activators””
    Multi-burst trigger activators? You mean fingers?

    • Bobs yer uncle January 5, 2018, 10:30 am

      Yes, in Nebraska giving them the finger is now called giving them the “multi-burst trigger activator” make a note of it.

    • deanbob January 5, 2018, 1:39 pm

      “the manufacture, import, transfer, and possession of multi-burst trigger activators and firearm silencers.” I am aware of suppressors. Is there a device that actually silence the firing of a gun? Even the best suppressor does nothing to ‘silence’ the sound of the firing mechanism in any pistol, rifle or shotgun that I know of. Likely, this is just another knowledge demonstration by those who really don’t know the difference between auto and semi-auto, AR and other rifles. as well as a clip from a magazine.

  • Chuck Matson January 5, 2018, 9:49 am

    This dingbat democrats bill is going nowhere, it won`t even make it out of the judiciary. Stupid libtards.

  • joefoam January 5, 2018, 9:41 am

    ‘Silencers’ work so well in NE that you can hear the corn stalks rustling in the breeze. Interesting to note that if you don’t destroy your deadly bump fire stock or ‘silencer’ you become a felon. You can’t even sell it, so just take the loss. Typical politician pandering to the weak minded and uninformed for votes. Hey, normal folks, get off the couch and vote this idiot out of office.

    • Common sense January 5, 2018, 9:58 am

      Cut the muffler off her car and tell her that if she puts another one on that she is going to get a class IV felony charged against her. The only way they should ever be allowed to ban something like that is when the elected officials have to pay either out of their own money or hopefully out of their campaign funds the full price of the item in addition to any taxes. If that law were enacted, such that the rest of the tax payers don’t pay for their agenda, then a lot fewer of these bills would come up. When they realize that their campaign coffers wouldn’t be enough and they don’t get paid enough as a senator for some state legislature, and that they’d then be in debt for the rest of their life paying down the hundreds of thousands of dollars they just volunteered for, maybe they would think about what it really means before attempting to do it.

  • Mike S. January 5, 2018, 8:44 am

    The very fact that she refers to “silencers” shows that she hasn’t a clue about what she’s proposing. She thinks “silencers” make guns completely inaudible. I agree, it’s the Bloomingidiotberg gravy train she’s chasing after. Hopefully the people of Nebraska will vote the airhead out of office.

  • KEN_W January 5, 2018, 8:11 am

    Is there a Special Ed school you go to become a Democrat? They do not rely on facts.

    • NavyVet1959 January 5, 2018, 11:51 am

      Yeah, I think the school the leftists go to is called, “Lobotomies R Us”…

  • Infidel762X51 January 5, 2018, 7:58 am

    The (D) after the names must stand for delusional.

  • Bobs yer uncle January 4, 2018, 5:30 pm

    yeah, like most people, when I think of Nebraska I immediately think of a hot bed of crime and gun violence, a persons chances of surviving a trip there are pretty low, what with the prevalence of bumpstocks and suppressors. They pay those people how much to come up with this crap?

    • Dr Motown January 5, 2018, 8:38 am

      The question is: how much are Bloomberg, Soros, and the DNC paying her to come up with this crap?

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