The GAS-OPERATED SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS EXCLUSION (GOSAFE) ACT introduced today

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The GOSAFE Act is a commonsense proposal designed to protect communities from gun violence, while safeguarding Americans’ constitutional right to own a firearm for legitimate self-defense, hunting, and sporting purposes.
Regulates Sale, Transfer, & Manufacture of Semi-Automatic Firearms
  • The GOSAFE Act regulates firearms based on the inherently dangerous and unusual lethality of their internal mechanisms, as opposed to focusing on cosmetic features that manufacturers can easily modify.
  • If enacted, the bill would regulate the sale, transfer, and manufacture of gas-operated semi-automatic weapons by:
    • Establishing a list of prohibited firearms;
    • Preventing unlawful modifications of permissible firearms;
    • Mandating that future gas-operated designs are approved before manufacture; and
    • Preventing unlawful firearm self-assembly and manufacturing.

WHAT FIREARMS ARE REGULATED?​

GOSAFE Regulation flow chart (9)

Protects Americans’ Second Amendment Right
  • The GOSAFE Act protects Americans’ constitutional right to own a gun based on a firearm’s established use for self-defense, hunting or sporting purposes.
  • The GOSAFE Act accomplishes this by including exemptions based on maximum ammunition capacity according to a firearm’s individual class: a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
  • This capacity must be “permanently fixed” meaning the firearm cannot accept a detachable, high-capacity magazine that would increase the number of rounds that can be fired before reloading and make reloading easier.
Exemptions include:
  • .22 caliber rimfire or less firearms
  • Bolt action rifles
  • Semi-automatic shotguns
  • Recoil-operated handguns
  • Any rifle with a permanently fixed magazine of 10 rounds or less
  • Any shotgun with a permanently fixed magazine of 10 rounds or less
  • Any handgun with a permanently fixed magazine of 15 rounds or less
Limits High-Capacity Ammunition Devices
  • The GOSAFE Act limits a firearm’s ability to inflict maximum harm in a short amount of time by directly regulating large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
  • The bill would limit the number of rounds that large capacity ammunition feeding devices are permitted to carry to 10 rounds of ammunition or fewer.
  • Additionally, the GOSAFE Act makes conversion devices, including bump stocks and Glock switches, unlawful.
Improves Public Safety Response & Protects Law Enforcement
  • The GOSAFE Act will force would-be mass shooters to reload their guns more frequently — giving people time to flee and law enforcement time to arrive on the scene – while also maintaining law enforcement access to regulated firearms, so law enforcement continues to have the tools they need to respond to a mass shooting event.
Creates Optional Buy-Back Program
  • The GOSAFE Act will prevent stockpiling of these lethal firearms and large capacity magazines, and also ensure no one loses the value of any firearms they currently have, by establishing a voluntary buy-back program, which would allow firearm owners to voluntarily turn over and receive compensation for non-transferrable firearms and magazines as defined by this legislation.
 
filled out the form on his site.

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ban gas-operated guns? Really?

Never heard of an AK, huh? Or that piston-driven ARs are a thing, too? For what possible reason do you assume that gas-operated guns are somehow a problem that government needs to solve? I say assume, because if you actually knew anything about firearms you would not have proposed what you have.

I'm tired. Call yourself an idiot.

Steve in NC
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filled out the form on his site.

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ban gas-operated guns? Really?

Never heard of an AK, huh? Or that piston-driven ARs are a thing, too? For what possible reason do you assume that gas-operated guns are somehow a problem that government needs to solve? I say assume, because if you actually knew anything about firearms you would not have proposed what you have.

I'm tired. Call yourself an idiot.

Steve in NC
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Piston driven is still gas operated so it is banned under this bill
 
Went to the site, (via link from OP).

This f***ing toad is a United States Senator. Never heard of him, but he's just as bad as the NorthEast gungrabbers.


A member of U.S. Senate since 2012, Senator Heinrich serves as the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. Senator Heinrich plays a role that allows him to promote policies that foster job creation through innovation and encourage the use of energy efficient technology. The committee consists of members from both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives and helps provide citizens and lawmakers with critical information on the health of the U.S. economy and often examines how government can better work for the middle class.

Senator Heinrich serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and as chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, except for the U.S. Forest Service, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration. Senator Heinrich also serves on the following Appropriations Subcommittees: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON).

As the previous chairman of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee, Heinrich has fought to ensure our military installations have all the modern facilities they need to execute their national security missions, and to secure all the resources and funding the VA needs to keep America's promise to our service members and their families when they return home as veterans.

 
Piston driven is still gas operated so it is banned under this bill
Their definition of "gas-operated" isn't ours:
(40) The term ‘gas-operated’, with respect to a semi-automatic firearm, means any firearm that harnesses or traps a portion of the high-pressure gas from a fired cartridge to cycle the action using—
  • (A) a long stroke piston, where gas is vented22 from the barrel to a piston that is mechanically fixed to the bolt group and moves to cycle the action;
  • (B) a short stroke piston, where gas is vented from the barrel to a piston that moves separately from the bolt group so that the energy is imparted through a gas piston to cycle the action;
  • (C) a system that traps and vents gas from either the barrel or the chamber to directly strike or impinge the bolt, bolt carrier, or slide assembly, to unlock and cycle the action;
  • (D) a hybrid system that combines elements of a system described in subparagraph (C) with a system described in subparagraph (A) or (B) to capture gas vented from the barrel to cycle the action;

And yeah, they include blowback and even recoil-driven as "gas-operated":
  • (E) a blowback-operated system that directly utilizes the expanding gases of the ignited propellant powder acting on the cartridge case to drive the breechblock or breech bolt rearward; or
  • (F) a recoil-operated system that utilizes the recoil force to unlock the breech bolt and then to complete the cycle of extracting, ejecting, and reloading
 
Their definition of "gas-operated" isn't ours:


And yeah, they include blowback and even recoil-driven as "gas-operated":
So what type of semi automatic firearm does not fit within their definition of "gas-operated"? It looks to me like they just put their stupidity on full display and many probably think that increasing gas prices would then help gun control by making it more difficult to gas up firearms.
 
So what type of semi automatic firearm does not fit within their definition of "gas-operated"? It looks to me like they just put their stupidity on full display and many probably think that increasing gas prices would then help gun control by making it more difficult to gas up firearms.
A hand crank Gatling would be semi-auto (per ATF) but the entire cycle is driven by the crank, not any portion of the cartridge.
 
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