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POLL: Should California Legislators Ban the 'Bullet Button?'

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

Last 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.

Jonathan Largaespada August 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Yee losted my future vote over this bill. I am a law abiding citizen of California with one of these firearms and he wants to put me and my fellow gun owners in jail/fine us and mis use california tax dallors on us just because he feels like it and taking away American right to bare arms
Irving Pacheco August 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
No they should not ban the bullet button or any other tool...California already has strict laws which are against our 2nd amendment rights...Politicians should be arrested for proposing such things as they are terrorists by going against our bill of rights.
Robert Livesay August 08, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Now fellas you both know that you are in a very small minority. These people that did all the very bad killings were know issues. It is not the gun it is the person. We must have much stricter laws on folks that could cause a problem. If both of these gentleman had been put on wastch I question if this could have happened. I am a great believer in individual freedom. These two fellas lost their individual freedom and should have been monitored all day long. They created there position and others payed because of very Liberal laws. An alert could have very well but both of these fellas in a very difficult position to carry out their horrible crimes. We must stop being a nice guy and start protecting our citizens.
Robert Livesay August 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Adam you do not know me or follow my comments. I am a Conservative and a member of the NRA. I was talking about the shooters and how these two commentors were in the minority. Adam to call me a Liberal is an insult. Get to know me and read all my comments. You need to apologize to me. You just wish you were as Conservati8ve as I amj.
Resin August 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Ban the big pharma drugs that motivated these senseless killings! Leave the Constitution & 2nd Amendment alone! Molon Labe!

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