Next Gun Rights Fight: Silenced Muzzleloaders

   11.21.17

Next Gun Rights Fight: Silenced Muzzleloaders

Just when we think the anti-gun lunacy cannot get any worse, along comes something so preposterous it defies common sense. The gun control organization founded by Gabby Giffords wants to regulate muzzleloaders, specifically, muzzleloaders with a silencer.

That was not a misprint. A letter published by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence says muzzleloaders could be the next bump stock.

From the Giffords Law Center: LEGAL AND LETHAL: 9 PRODUCTS THAT COULD BE THE NEXT BUMP STOCK.

Muzzleloaders are firearms that must be loaded through the end of the barrel with powder, wadding and a projecticle. Muzzleloaders fell out of favor as a firearm of choice almost a century ago, and are generally seen as primitive antiques. That’s why federal law generally exempts them from regulation.

Cue the .50 caliber muzzleloader, which delivers a particularly lethal .50 caliber round. This weapon is designed with a built-in device to suppress its sound. If any other firearm were built with such a device, it would be subject to the NFA as a silencer. But since this device is designed to suppress the sound of something that is exempt from federal firearms laws, it is not considered a silencer and not subject to the NFA. In fact, it is not subject to any laws at all and can be bought online.

Never mind that a muzzleloader can only fire around three rounds a minute.

Regardless of the silencer, there would be a plume of smoke from the shooter’s location.  Shooting from a hotel room would probably set off smoke detectors.

I have a muzzleloader in my collection.  It is a Connecticut Valley Arms Apollo in .50 caliber.  The rifle is fun to shoot, but poses no danger to the public.

Something that is missing from the above mentioned publication is the high-capacity assault truck.  My 1996 Toyota T-100 weighs a little more than 4,000 pounds and holds 20 gallons of fuel. That is a small truck compared to many that can be rented–such as the truck used to kill eight people in a terror attack.

If nothing else, this publication makes it clear that no firearm is safe from the gun grabbers.

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