Congress Looking to Ban ‘Ghost Gun’ Machinery

Democrats on Capitol Hill have introduced a bill championed by anti-gun advocates to strictly regulate machines designed for the manufacturing of firearm frames or receivers. The post Congress Looking to Ban ‘Ghost Gun’ Machinery appeared first on Guns.com.

Congress Looking to Ban ‘Ghost Gun’ Machinery

Mills and drill presses have been around for a while, and pending legislation would ban any from private ownership that falls under a broad definition approved by a gun-control group. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Democrats on Capitol Hill have introduced a bill championed by anti-gun advocates to strictly regulate machines designed for the manufacturing of firearm frames or receivers.

The measure, titled the “Stop Home Manufacture of Ghost Guns Act of 2020,’’ would ban ownership of what the bill terms a “firearms manufacturing device” unless the tool is in the hands of a federally licensed firearm maker or of a business that produces such machines for use by FFLs.

Confusingly, the broad new definition to be added to federal code would place the regulation on “a device designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be used primarily to make or convert a product into, a frame or receiver for a firearm, and any combination of parts designed or intended for use in making” such a device.

While it could be argued by the bill’s sponsors that the measure is aimed at high-profile desktop milling machines like the Ghost Gunner and similar devices, it should be pointed out that there are dozens of different brands of hobbyist-level mini CNC machines for sale both online and at hardware outlet chains such as Harbor Freight that can be used in an array of metal and polymer fabrication work to include producing firearm frames or receivers. This suggests the bill’s sponsors may not be aware of what they are trying to accomplish, or, worse, are being coy with the scope of the legislation.

Moreover, such mills are not even needed in many cases. A variety of 20th Century firearms, such as STEN guns and the Luty SMG were specifically designed to be crafted in garage-level workshops with simple handtools. Guns such as the AK have had their receivers made from a shovel in recent years. Today, a host of commercially-available 3D printers can produce a range of polymer or, through metal sintering, aluminum firearm frames. These plans are widely shared.

Further, while NFA rules apply to home-built guns, firearms outside of NFA restrictions can legally be made by anyone who can possess them under the law.

With that being said, it is unsure just what a “firearms manufacturing device” may be under the proposed bill, a definition that could be far in scope and, like most gun control regulations, have little actual effect on crime. Nonetheless, the bill’s backers are sure that they are on the right track when it comes to adding a new law to the books.

“It is time for Congress to ban ghost guns and the flourishing traffic in the technology which manufactures them,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat publically endorsed by Everytown last week. Everytown plans to spend $60 million on the 2020 elections.

The bill, entered as H.R. 7468 and referred to the Democrat-controlled House Committee on the Judiciary, also has the fast support of Giffords.

“We must stop the proliferation of these easy to make, untraceable guns that can be obtained with no background check, “Adzi Vokhina, Giffords Federal Affairs Director, contends. “Clamping down on the milling machines that make it virtually effortless to create an arsenal of untraceable weapons from a basement or garage is a good place to start.”

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Q&A with Clayton Wisdom, a World Champion SASS Shooter

When he was 11 years old, Clayton Wisdom’s uncle handed him his first single-action revolver to shoot. He’s only gotten faster since. The post Q&A with Clayton Wisdom, a World Champion SASS Shooter appeared first on Guns.com.

Q&A with Clayton Wisdom, a World Champion SASS Shooter

Clayton Wisdom, aka molefty_18, is known for shooting fast and bringing home the hardware. (Photo: Clayton Wisdom)

When he was 11 years old, Clayton Wisdom’s uncle handed him his first single-action revolver to shoot. Afterward, his uncle told him, “You just beat half of SASS.” He’s only gotten faster since. Better known by the Instagram handle @molefty_18, Wisdom, now 20 years old, has won a world title, state titles, and numerous regionals as a competitive SASS shooter. Calling Cedar Hills, Missouri home, we caught up with Wisdom to learn more about SASS and why you should try it.

Guns.com: Why did you get into SASS? Who got you started?

Wisdom: My uncle did. He lived right across the street from us. Actually, I played baseball all the way up until the time my baseball team fell apart. He took me out to the gun range, me and my dad, and I never shot a pistol. He took us out and I tried the pistol for the first time. And he looked at me and said, “You just beat half of SASS.” Didn’t think much of it. Then spring came, I just dove right in.

Guns.com: Did your uncle show you how to fan the hammer when you learned to shoot a pistol or did you run with it by yourself?

Wisdom: Yeah. He showed me the basics and taught me all of that. The more I traveled and met people… I came up with my own thing. Now I shoot gunfighter. I shoot a gun in each hand, but it started what I call The Double Tap. You can see on some of the videos; if there’s two shots on one target, it makes a noise. I came up with that — the pull of the hammer back and firing off two rounds really fast.

 

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Guns.com: Watching your videos, it’s impressive for sure. How long did it take you to get to the point where you were proficient and winning competitions?

Wisdom: When I was 13, I started winning matches and got pretty good then. I really learned that it was just kind of a freak year. The summer I was 16, I won the world championship overall, and I was the second youngest to ever win it.

Guns.com: Wow. Very cool. How many people are you competing against?

Wisdom: I think the year I won it, there were only 500.

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Clayton Wisdom, aka @molefty_18, shows off his world title. (Photo: Clayton Wisdom)

Guns.com: Can you talk about any other large matches that you’ve won?

Wisdom: Let’s see, I’ve been the Missouri State Champion five times. I’ve won my regional multiple times.

Guns.com: You have a pretty big Instagram following. Have you had fans tell you that they’ve started SASS shooting because of you?

Wisdom: Yeah. The one that really sticks out is actually a kid from New Zealand. He’s a cowboy, and his name is Kiwi Rooster. He won his division in the World Championship; I think it was 2018 or something. He messaged me after the match on Instagram and thanked me because my videos really got him to step his game up to the next level. He said he saw me shoot, and he wanted to be where I was. That was the first moment where I was like, “Wow, people actually pay attention.” That woke me up. I never thought of it that way.

Guns.com: What’s one thing you’d like to tell people who haven’t tried SASS?

Wisdom: I feel like a lot of people don’t do it because they are nervous. They don’t want to mess up or look dumb in front of people. It’s pretty non-judgmental. Nobody’s like, “Oh, look at that guy. He’s slow.” There are people who’ve been shooting for 20 years who are slow as can be, and they love it. Some people like going slow. It’s their thing. It’s not about how fast you are. Some people are in it for the dress-up; some people are in it just to shoot an old gun that they got.

Don’t be scared to jump into it. Nobody’s going to judge you for being new. If anything, most cowboy matches I’ve been at, 99 percent of them, if there’s anybody spectating, guns and ammo are offered.

Guns.com: What your favorite handgun to compete with?

Wisdom: My favorite handgun is a new model Ruger Vaquero in .357 — 4 5/8-inch barrel. That is my favorite. Ruger has always been the best quality to me.

Guns.com: Very nice. What about a favorite rifle?

Wisdom: I like a Uberti 1873, 18-inch barrel, and .357 also. It’s just quality. It’s fast.

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