Starting January 1st, the state of California changed its “assault weapon” laws to include evil black rifles equipped with bullet buttons in the definition. This latest crackdown will fail, thanks to good ol’ American ingenuity.
The original bullet button was created in response to a state law that defined an assault rifle, in part, as a rifle with a removable magazine. That same law stated that if it required a tool to remove the magazine, then it was considered a fixed-magazine rifle, and not an assault rifle. The bullet button requires a tool to remove the magazine—either the tip of a typical rifle bullet (most typical “handgun” bullets would not work) or something like a small hex wrench.
Over the years, most Democrats came under the impression that the bullet button actually makes it faster to change magazines on a rifle, rather than slower. Some idiots in the media actually thought that a bullet button made the rifles fully automatic.
So now, in California, if you have a semi-automatic rifle with a bullet button and other “evil features,” you’re required to register it sometime this year. (More than two months into the year, the state Department of Justice has yet to issue regulations as required by law or set up the registration system.)
The new law requires the disassembly of the firearm action to change the magazine in order to avoid the state’s “assault weapon” designation. This is a process that many on the left, and the pro-2nd Amendment side, thought would further slow the process of changing magazines.
They were wrong.
American ingenuity strikes back
Cross Armory in Carlsbad has come up with something they call “Quick Pins” which make it very easy to disassemble the action in your typical AR-15-style rifle. Combined with their “Safe Mag” device that automatically releases the magazine when the rifle action is opened, they’ve created a California-compliant system that actually appears to allow quicker magazine changes than a bullet button.
Now, there are still some reasonably serious issues with the new law from a safety standpoint. If the rifle has a jam, it’s possible that the bolt carrier group gets stuck half-way and prevents you from unloading the rifle to help clear the jam. This isn’t a problem specific to Cross Armory’s solution—this is a problem with every workaround because the new law requires the magazine to be fixed.
However, seeing the video above had me rolling on the floor. California legislators are so convinced that their laws on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” (aka standard capacity magazines in most other states) prevent mass casualty attacks like the one in San Bernardino in 2015 which the existing laws famously didn’t.
Cross Armory’s American ingenuity will give California residents another couple years of something that looks like a shadow of 2nd Amendment normalcy.
But let me offer a prediction: By 2020, the California legislature will pass, and the governor (likely Gavin Newsom) will sign, a bill banning semi-automatic rifles.