Friday, February 01, 2013

Ducking the issue

By Mustang Bobby

The NRA keeps carrying on about the end of America if the government restricts the use of guns and ammo. But if you’re a hunter, they already do and have for a very long time.

Rep. Mike Thompson, the California Democrat charged with crafting gun safety policies in the House of Representatives, keeps talking about ducks.
More specifically, duck hunting. 
“Federal law prohibits me from having more than three shells in my shotgun when I’m duck hunting. So federal law provides more protection for the ducks than it does for citizens,” Thompson said earlier this month during a panel discussion on gun violence at the liberal Center for American Progress. 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, also on the panel, was delighted by the line. “That’s a very powerful point,” Emanuel said. “My instinct is we’re gonna hear more of this line going forward.” 
As it turns out, federal law places strict regulations on the types of firearms that can be used when hunting migratory birds, rules hunters have abided since the 1930s. Duck hunters are only allowed to use a shotgun, 10 gauge or smaller, that carries no more than three shells. If the shotgun carries more than three shells, the hunter is required to “plug” the gun so that only three shots can be fired before reloading.

Simple solution: we just designate everybody as a migratory game bird. Problem solved.

HT to Erik Loomis at LGM.


(Cross-posted at Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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