Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Kerry's shotgun IS a "pistol-grip"
Some confusion over at Volokh over whether the gun kerry recieved while campaigning in West Virginia has a "pistol-grip" that would cause it to be banned under the broadened "assault weapons" ban that Kerry tried to pass last year. Uber gun criminologist David Kopel weighs in with the assessment that Kerry's gun is "not a 'pistol grip' in the ordinary meaning of the term, but it is a 'pistol grip' as defined by S. 1431."
Kopel is half right. The shotgun most certainly IS a 'pistol grip' in the ordinary meaning of the term. Do a google search for "straight or pistol grip" and you will find that any stock that has the downward curve you see on Kerry's gun is called a pistol grip stock.
A couple of finds:
Sturm, Ruger and Co. shotguns