POLL: Should California Ban the 'Bullet Button?'

The bullet button gets around the state law banning semi-automatic guns and those with removable magazines.


Earlier this week, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) was given the Vanguard Award for "Elected Official of the Year" for his work in social justice.

We also reported that one of the biggest efforts Yee is working on currently is a Senate bill to ban the "bullet button" in California.

That certainly got people talking.

In California, an "assault weapon" is defined as a semi-automatic rifle with both a pistol grip and a detachable magazine, among other features. A "bullet button" is designed to replace a normal magazine release button with a recessed button that can only be accessed through the use of a tool - such as, the tip of a bullet.

The California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) declared that semi-automatic rifles utilizing a bullet button are considered to be "fixed magazine" rifles, and therefore legal under the state's assault weapon ban. This was most recently reaffirmed in April of 2011 in the case of Haynie vs. Pleasanton, wherin the CA DOJ said that the arrest of an individual with such a rifle was without cause, as such a rifle is legal.

See the full text of 'Haynie vs. Pleasanton' in the PDF attached to this article.

Yee disagrees. Though the bullet button still slows down a person's ability to change magazines, Yee argues that it should still be banned for safety reasons, calling assault weapons and bullet buttons "public nuisances."

People all over the state - and across the country - feel passionately about the issue of bans on assault weapons and bullet buttons.

Many say such a ban is useless; that people who want to kill will find a way, and that whether or not bullet buttons and semi-automatic assault weapons are banned won't make a difference. Therefore, the ban would only punish law-abiding citizens who use guns and bullet buttons safely.

Others say, tragedies like the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting - which Yee has been using as a reason to push the bill even harder lately - are proof that more gun control is needed in this country.

Patch wants to know - what do you think? 

Let's continue the conversation. Please vote in our poll below, and feel free to share your thoughts and explain your vote in the comments section below.

Matt Weintraub August 17, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Yevgeni You are right about the U.N. Generals always fight the last war. And our politicians are always trying to prevent the last mass killing. They should be focused on the next major terrorist attack - a nuclear EMP.
Yevgeni Andre'ich Stepanov August 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Disasters, be they natural or man-caused are not predictable. No one could have predicted the 9-11 attacks, the Colorado shootings or the gunman who tried to shoot up the FRC. So making laws to try and prevent the next disaster is a nonviable approach.
David October 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh commie Lee. How people vote for an idiot like this is why Kommiefornia is going downhill. Nice going voters!
bobby valintine January 06, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Guns don't kill people, People kill people ! When are the politicians going to get this through their tinny big heads. Rocks and sticks can kill people. Anyone can make a bomb. If a person wants to kill, that person will and can get a hold of whatever weapon he or she wants. Look at the gangs in any city or state and you will find that they are in registered or have no serial number.
Yevgeni Andre'ich Stepanov January 06, 2013 at 11:31 PM
The so-called "assault weapon" is not the source of much danger. Less than 1% of gun crime is committed with such weapons. In fact, people are being led to believe that our children are in immediate danger because of Sandy Hook. It isn't true, as the odds of a child being shot at school are LESS than the odds they will be struck by lightning.


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