Because the firearms industry (like all other industries) seeks uniformity and consistency in the ability to attach accessories across a broad spectrum of products, the rail system is also fully capable of being used to mount a second handle if you were so inclined. But remember: having the parts to mount a second handle would equal a felony “assault weapon.”
One thing troubling about this attack on handgun accessories is that the ability to mount a light or laser on a handgun really is critical for ALL home defense handguns. If someone is defending their home from an intruder at night, it is imperative that they have a light on the gun (and maybe a laser) so that they can positively identify who is in their home before using lethal force. This is just common sense.
This all begs the question: why are there 6 definitions of assault weapon in this bill, and what does Moeller have against putting a second grip on the front of your gun? What does outlawing the simple possession of a second grip do for public safety?
In my years as a deputy prosecutor, elected county prosecutor, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and now criminal defense lawyer, I have never once seen, read, or heard of a second grip on a firearm having anything to do with the criminal misuse of firearms. Banning grips on guns is not about public safety or reducing crime, it is about making criminals out of law abiding citizens.
… Or, maybe this bill is just another example of divisive partisan politics designed to do nothing but promote Jim Moeller’s appeal to the hard left in an effort to secure the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.