Next Gun Rights Fight: Silenced Muzzleloaders

Next Gun Rights Fight: Silenced Muzzleloaders

Just when we think the anti-gun lunacy can not 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.


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 plum of smoke from the shooters 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, chambered 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 over 4,000 pounds and holds 20 gallons of fuel.  That is a small truck compared to ones that can be rented.  Such as the truck used to kill eight people in a terror attack.

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

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November 21, 2017 at 02:29PM


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