Offensive Weapons Bill

Written evidence submitted by Cosmin Maris (OWB07)

In the second reading of the bill on the 27th June 2018, there was confusion between several MPs in relation to bump stocks and lever release rifles. A bump stock is a device which is attached to the back of the rifle instead of its regular stock which helps the shooter fire constantly. IT IS NOT AUTOMATIC GUNFIRE".

Here is a bump stock in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCx1rgxXVKA

A lever release rifle is a rifle which interrupts the semi auto shooting stage by locking the bolt back after the shot, thus taking either 2 trigger pulls per shot or using a lever to load the next round after every shot. THIS RIFLE IS NOT SEMI AUTO otherwise it wouldn't have been certified by the Home Office and it would never have been legally sold to the public. It has again never been used in a crime and there are actually more lever release owners than there are .50 cal owners. It would seem strange for so many MP s to say that.50 cals are okay since they haven't been used in crime, but equally lever release rifles have also b e en legally used and never been used in crime. Why aren't you defending these rifles also?

Here is a lever release in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9fhEmufgbw

Ultimately lever release rifles are not much faster than their bolt action, lever action counterparts and certainly not as fast as a semi automatic centrefire firearm. I hope that the following paragraph will be struck from the bill since it does nothing but ban legitimate firearms and accessories that have never been used in crime in the UK.

" (2)

In section 5 (weapons subject to general prohibition), in subsection (1), after 
25paragraph ( af ) insert-

" (ag)any rifle from which a shot, bullet or other missile, with kinetic 
energy of more than 13,600 joules at the muzzle of the weapon, 
can be discharged;

(ah)any rifle with a chamber from which empty cartridge cases are 
30extracted using-

(i)energy from propellant gas, or

(ii)energy imparted to a spring or other energy storage 
device by propellant gas,

other than a rifle which is chambered for .22 rim-fire 
35 cartridges;".

( 3)In section 5(1), for the "and" at the end of paragraph (b) substitute-

" ( ba )any device (commonly known as a bump stock) which is 
designed or adapted so that-

(i)it is capable of forming part of or being added to a self-
40loading lethal barrelled weapon (as defined in section 
57(1B) and (2A)), and

(ii)if it forms part of or is added to such a weapon, it 
increases the rate of fire of the weapon by using the 
recoil from the weapon to generate repeated pressure on 
45the trigger; and"."

30 June 2018

 

Prepared 4th July 2018