Senator King’s GOSAFE Act: We’ve found Feinstein’s idiotic successor

After an introduction and six bloviating quotes about how bad guns are, especially gas operated guns apparently, Senator King’s website finally tells me what the Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act holds in store for us.

King Introduces Legislation to Save Lives, Protect 2nd Amendment Rights for Law-Abiding Americans

Yep that headline is as full of shit as you think it is, folks. Here’s the bullet points.

Regulate Sale, Transfer & Manufacture of Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms 

Author's IWI Galil ACE Gen2 in 5.56 NATO
Much danger. Such gas.

The GOSAFE Act would regulate the sale, transfer, and manufacture of gas-operated semi-automatic weapons by: 

  • Establishing a list of prohibited firearms; 
  • Preventing unlawful modifications of permissible firearms; 
  • Mandating that future gas-operated designs are approved before manufacture; and  
  • Preventing unlawful firearm self-assembly and manufacturing.  

But don’t worry, they protect the 2nd Amendment. They say so.

Protect Americans’ Second Amendment Right 

The GOSAFE Act protects Americans’ constitutional right to own a gun based on a firearm’s established use for self-defense, hunting, and sporting purposes. The bill accomplishes this by including exemptions based on maximum ammunition capacity according to a firearm’s individual class: a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.  

This capacity must be “permanently fixed,” meaning the firearm cannot accept a detachable, high-capacity magazine that would increase the number of rounds that can be fired before reloading and make reloading easier. 

Exemptions include:   

  • .22 caliber rimfire or less firearms 
  • Bolt action rifles 
  • Semi-automatic shotguns 
  • Recoil-operated handguns 
  • Any rifle with a permanently fixed magazine of 10 rounds or less 
  • Any shotgun with a permanently fixed magazine of 10 rounds or less 
  • Any handgun with a permanently fixed magazine of 15 rounds or less 

God forbid you have a jam in your firearm while defending yourself that requires you to remove the magazine to fix the issue (that’s just about every hard malfunction or stoppage, by the way).

But this is fantastic news for classic H&K Roller-Lock and PCC fans, your guns aren’t gas operated.

They’re safe, according to these buffoons the PTRs and Zeniths and HK91s are going to be just fine. CMMG Banshee? Yep. Stribog? Those too. Gas operated is is the name of evil.

Would sure be a shame if they try and named non-gas operated firearms in their list of prohibited items and got called on their bullshit.

The PTR 32 KFR, and all of their firearms, are not gas operated. They are recoil operated with a roller delay. These are therefore totally safe so long as they have 10 round magazines or something.

Yep, magazine ban too. Don’t you worry they had that covered, of course.

Limit High-Capacity Ammunition Devices, Outlaws Conversion Devices    

The GOSAFE Act limits a firearm’s ability to inflict maximum harm in a short amount of time by directly regulating large capacity ammunition feeding devices.  The bill would limit the number of rounds that large capacity ammunition feeding devices are permitted to carry to 10 rounds of ammunition or fewer.  Additionally, the GOSAFE Act makes conversion devices, including bump stocks and Glock switches, unlawful. 

Glock switches are already unlawful unless you are a machine gun manufacturer. That hasn’t stopped them before.

More illegaler, make them MOAR I L L E G A L E R!!

But fear not, oh reader! If you want to sell any of your super dangerous and no longer transferable gas guns, the government will buy them in their “voluntary” buy-back program. Still unclear how you can buy back what was never yours. I’m sure they will give going market value too. $100 Gift Cards for all!

Create Voluntary Buy-Back Program

The GOSAFE Act will protect the value of firearms already owned before enactment and prevent stockpiling of these lethal firearms and large capacity magazines by establishing a voluntary buy-back program.  It would allow firearm owners to voluntarily turn over and receive compensation for non-transferrable firearms and magazines as defined by this legislation. 

King, your GOSAFE rule is dumb. I am therefore assuming you and your staff are as ignorant as the legislation makes you seem on this particular topic. You would have done better if you possessed the capacity, some might even say high capacity, to do so.

Should I point out the majority of crime guns are the explicitly exempt recoil operated handguns again? Should I point out the third deadliest mass shooting in the US used those exempt handguns guns exclusively, a Glock 19 and Walther P22?

Should I point out that this is, technically/legally, a recoil operated handgun?

I’ve got a PTR on the way I am fairly excited about, drop an order to them too and get on Senator King’s totally safe not-gas-operated train today.

Remember kids, technically correct can be the ‘King’ of correct and malicious compliance can be highly entertaining.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.