2020-01-06 16:25:55 UTC
Georgia Senate Bill 281 Would Ban All Semi-Automatic Firearms
BY CARL BUSSJAEGER |JAN 05, 2020 |63 COMMENTS
assault weapons ban semi-automatic firearms
Georgia state Senator Donzella James has filed SB 281 a bill “…to prohibit
the possession of automatic and semi-automatic guns…” That might seem
significant enough on its own, but this one is crafted such that…
I almost want this to pass unamended.
I say almost, because the bill would do a few other things of which I also
disapprove: ban “high” capacity magazine (more than ten rounds) and private
sales at gun shows. It would also require “secure storage” of firearms by
But let’s look at that semi-auto ban. As is so often the case, the nitty
gritty is hidden in the definitions.
SB 281: Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices; possession of automatic
and semi-automatic guns; prohibit; revise and provide definitions
As used in this part, the term:
(1) ‘Automatic or semi-automatic gun’ means any weapon which shoots or is
designed to shoot:
(A) Automatically, more than six shots, without manual reloading, by a
single function of the trigger; or
(B) Without any action needed to fire consecutive shots, other than having
ammunition loaded in such weapon’s feeding device.
Senator Donzella James
Sen. Donzella James, D-College Park, right, talks with Sen. Vincent Fort,
D-Atlanta, left, during a debate on the Senate Floor (AP Photo/David
As is clear from part (A), Senator Duncella McGrabagun clearly thinks
semi-automatic firearms are machine guns. She displays the usual level of
expertise on the part of those who would craft the laws under which we all
have to live.
Ah, but then there’s (B)…
Personally, I think a firearm that starts chain-firing as soon as you insert
a magazine should be repaired, not banned.
I wonder if I could get Senator James to file a bill to ban semi-assault
weapons firing heat-seeking, bullet-piercing bullets, too.
In government, anything’s possible.