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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:31 AM

33. Bump-fire is a parlor trick.

It requires the shooter to anchor the firearm in an awkward position, making it impossible to aim accurately and making it impossible for the shooter to maneuver while firing. It is also considerably less reliable than plain semi-auto fire: difficult to initiate and prone to jamming.

Bump-fire with an external device like a slide-stock is closer to actual full-auto fire, but is still slower and considerably less reliable. That said, I have no problem with bump-fire devices being subject to the same scrutiny and restrictions as full-auto firearms. It's essentially a red herring, though, since none of the spree killers have made use of a bump-fire device. In fact, I have never heard of bump-fire being used in the commission of a crime. Illegal full-auto weapons, yes, but not bump-fire.

I will stand by my criticism of the Times: When the average person reads the phrase "spray bullets," he or she envisions full-auto fire.

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