A recent CBS5 report on 'bullet buttons' has inspired a lawmaker in California to try to pass a ban.
Removable magazines are already banned in California, but, technically, the bullet button is legal because it is not triggered by the tip of a bullet, not the human finger (which holds the bullet). This small change has allowed rifles such as the AR-15 to enter the Golden State.
Not everyone is happy.
State Senator Leland Yee told CBS5: “When I saw the news I was absolutely horrified. It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion."
State Senator Yee has now introduced a bill to ban the bullet button: “What I am proposing is to essentially prevent any mechanism that would allow the conversion of an assault weapon into a way that you can fire these magazines upon magazines without effort."
However, Calguns President Gene Hoffman, opposes the proposed law: “I am not sure the Legislature has an appetite to bite off something so large. The real reason I designed it was because the original kind of ways to create AR-15s that were California legal were actually quite dangerous on the range.”
Hoffman, who created the bullet button, added: “The nice thing about the bullet button is that it allows you to remove the magazine and clear the jam. They they are lightweight, easy to shoot for women. It’s more accurate.”
Hoffman then compared the AR-15 to the muskets used over 200 years ago: “The reason the second amendment was put into the Bill of Rights is because General Gage wanted to take the Bostonians’ firearms. If Leland Yee wants to be General Gage it will be an interesting outcome."