Accuracy in Media

The Left and pro-gun-control advocates tweeted and posted outrage, and rightfully so, after a lone gunman shot and killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500 concert-goers in Las Vegas Sunday night.

However, as The Federalist pointed out, calling the gunman’s weapon a “machine gun” is erroneous, in addition to the countless assumptions and allegations made about U.S. laws regarding “machine guns.”

Here are the takeaways from The Federalist’s article on gun laws regarding “machine guns”:

  • Fully automatic weapons are highly regulated and restricted in America.
  • “Automatic weapons” means that a gun can fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger.
  • The National Firearms Act (NFA) and was passed in 1934 and has been updated in 1968 and 1986. It regulates fully automatic weapons.
  • It is illegal to modify semi-automatic weapons to automatic under the NFA and it is illegal to own fully automatic weapons made after 1986.
  • Pre-1986 automatic weapons must be registered with the government the process takes up to a year, including fingerprints and photos for a background check.
  • It requires a special license to have an automatic weapon under NFA and significant taxes and background investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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  • Southern Strategery

    Reports are Paddock had two rifles with a bump stock, a simple and cheap modification that effectively turns a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one. Will AiM ever follow-up on that?

  • samo war
  • mioahu

    So, what are you saying ? Wanna ban semiautomatic weapons ?
    Wanna have to reload every time you fire a shot ? Have one bullet magazines, so you can shoot yourself when intruders come in ?
    What is the STRATEGERY here ?

  • TimBones

    The bump stock does not change the semi-auto trigger group into full auto. The required one trigger pull to fire one round remains intact. The bump stock allows the rifle to rock back a bit on recoil and if the shooter’s trigger finger remains fixed in the same spot it was where it was when the first round was triggered, the return from recoil will have that finger set of the next round and later rounds with each recoil cycle. The bump stock makes the shooter fire faster than his brain can tell him to keep pulling a trigger per shot but still does not make a semi auto fire as fast as a true full auto. It’s a gimmick to play and spray at the shooting range and most normal target shooters would rather shot aimed slow shots for a good score, not burn up ammo. The Las Vegas shooter was intent on evil mayhem and would have done what he did, bump stock or not.

  • Mark Wynn

    You illustrated a rather uninformative article on aftermarket rate of fire changing devices on semi-automatic rifles … with a picture of a custom 1911 style .45 pistol? That’s about as non-useful as the rest of the story.

  • Mark Wynn

    But it does increase the potential rate of fire … which violates the intent of the NFA and should be regulated as such.

  • Mark Wynn

    Muzzleloaders … oh wait … remember how fast Hawkeye reloaded in Last of the Mohicans?
    Bow, with quiver that can hold only eight arrows.
    Spear. One throw. Done.