11-year-old with a loaded AR-15 visits Idaho Legislature — OK with Idaho!

11-tear-old Bailey Nielsen, her AR-15 and her Grandad
Keith Ridler/AP

An 11-year-old girl appeared Monday at a legislative hearing in Idaho, toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon. Bailey Nielsen was with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits.

“Bailey is carrying a loaded AR-15,” Charles Nielsen told lawmakers. “People live in fear, terrified of that which they do not understand. She’s been shooting since she was 5 years old. She got her first deer with this weapon at 9. She carries it responsibly. She knows how not to put her finger on the trigger. We live in fear in a society that is fed fear on a daily basis.”

He said Bailey was an example of someone who could responsibly handle a gun, and lawmakers should extend that to non-residents.

On one level, this is a civics lesson for idiots. The fools who believe all this crap. If you know how to use a firearm, kill animals without hitting any human beings – that’s all that should be required for gun ownership and carrying them around loaded. At hand, I guess, to deal with the next emissary of Satan who magically appears in downtown Boise, threatening to hand political power over to some insufficiently-white furriner.

On the other, it is considered reasonable in many jurisdictions that by the time someone reaches the age and understanding required, say, to vote, then, you are likely to have the maturity and good sense not to use basic motor skills to slaughter another citizen who just happens to piss you off, that moment.

Many nations have stronger requirements and haven’t collapsed in Liberal/Conservative anarchy. I would be more strict than that and I also am a gun-owner. Have been for more years than Bailey’s grandad has been alive.

3 thoughts on “11-year-old with a loaded AR-15 visits Idaho Legislature — OK with Idaho!

  1. Annie says:

    Reportedly it’s not difficult to convert an AR15 to a fully automatic weapon with a rate-of-fire of approximately 800 rounds per minute (IE: capable of firing roughly 13 bullets per second)
    “You need to drill an additional hole for the full auto sear and mill out the fire control pocket a little more to accept a full-auto fire control group.
    The full auto fire M4 or M16 control groups, M16 bolt carrier and compatible full auto buffers are readily available. Legal to purchase without paperwork with an attestation on your part you are complying with all NFA rules. Which you aren’t.
    Once the modifications are done to the lower and you have the full auto parts, conversion is a matter of assembly and testing.
    You will be violating numerous Federal and State laws by doing this. 10 years in prison and/or $250,000 just for the attempt regardless of success.” (Matt Pickering, instructor/FFL03) https://www.quora.com/Legality-aside-how-hard-is-it-to-convert-an-AR15-to-fully-automatic

    “Any weapon which shoots automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger meets the definition of a machinegun in section 5845(b) of the NFA. An AR15 rifle which is assembled with certain M16 machinegun fire control components, and which is capable of shooting automatically is a machinegun as defined.
    The definition of a machinegun in section 5845(b) also includes any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person. Thus, an AR15 rifle possessed with separate M16 machinegun components can meet the definition of a machinegun, if the rifle shoots automatically when the components are installed.” Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms March 2000 letter http://blog.roninsgrips.com/atf-letter-regarding-full-auto-m16m4-fire-control-groups-sbr-uppers-need-know/

    National Firearms Act (NFA) https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/national-firearms-act
    Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA or GCA68) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Control_Act_of_1968

    • eideard says:

      The conversion is possible with many rifles sold and spec’d to be semi-auto. Pretty much been possible for decades. Legit, ethical gunsmiths won’t touch it with your basic 10-foot pole.

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