This is exactly what happens when anti-gun lawmakers rush to sign laws regarding issues they know nothing about. In what is being seen as an “oops moment” Oregon legislators are rushing to correct the language of a law that would classify a nail gun as a firearm, requiring a background check.
According to an article in The Oregonian, current Oregon law–written into law last month–defines a firearm as a device that “by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of powder.” That vague description is problematic for obvious reasons. While most nail guns used compressed air, some use electric power, some use gas and others designed for fastening to steel and concrete use a powder charge. Legislators are currently working to amend the original bill. Thus far, the amendment (House Bill 3093) has passed the House with only a single vote against it.
If a nail-gun were classified as a firearm, every contractor in the state would be up in arms over this law, which is how every freedom loving American should act every time another gun law tries to threaten our 2nd amendment rights.
According to OregonLive,
“Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, on Thursday won approval of his committee to amend a House-passed gun bill to include language making it clear that a “low-velocity powder-actuated tool or similar apparatus” is not a firearm under Oregon law.”
It may look just like an oversight or an accident, but this lawmaking faux pas is indicative of what the anti-gun movement is really trying to do. After all, without even the slightest knowledge about how firearms work, it’s awfully difficult to pass laws on them. And yet they keep trying.
Remember how hard anti-gun lawmakers had to work to figure out what language to use to ban AR-15s? And then when a gun smith designed a rifle that looked similar to an AR-15, and that was actually compliant with the so called “SAFE ACT”, they realized how little they actually knew about these weapons.
When you write a law in an attempt to limit gun rights and in so doing require background checks for nail-guns, it’s just as laughable as trying to justify why a rifle with an adjustable stock makes it illegal.
I wonder if nail-guns with adjustable stocks and foregrips would be classified as “Assault nail guns” in the state.