The poor implications of Shockwave legalization

The poor implications of Shockwave legalization

The poor implications of Shockwave legalization
July 10
19:21 2017

If you were to pick up a copy of the “Tactical Weapons magazine this month, you would find the image of a man in police gear holding two massive guns. This is the Mossberg 590 Shockwave – a gun with a 14-inch barrel and a pistol grip – and I was surprised to find out these guns were recently legalized in Texas. Anyone from age 18 and up will soon be able to buy them over the counter without the months of wait time and tax stamps you would encounter purchasing a normal shotgun.

I should make it clear that I’m no gun aficionado. I can’t rattle off comparison models of the Shockwave, or give an in-depth analysis as to how it’s unsurprising this gun is legal. Many Americans are probably in the same boat as I am though, and are continuously surprised that practically any gun is still legal in the U.S.

While less households own guns than they did two years ago, according to NPR, and more background checks are being implemented, the nation still has the “most firearms per capita in the world.” According to CBS News, you are 10 times more likely to get shot in America than most developed countries, and our gun-related suicide rates are 8 times higher than those of other countries.

This past week at a gender reveal party for a couple’s baby, eight people were injured and a mother was murdered by two gunmen, according to United Press International. The mother throwing the party lost her baby.

So when instances like this occur, how do guns like the Mossberg 590 Shockwave get to be legal? Companies find loopholes, and Texas governors continue supporting as many pro-gun bills as they can. Last month, the Texas legislature proceeded to pass seven different pro-gun bills and block five anti-gun bills, according to the Institute for Legislative Action.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed two of these into law: one lowering the cost to obtain a License to Carry, and the other being Texas House Bill 1819. This bill removes silencers “from National Firearms Act requirements,” and is what made the 590 Shockwave legal.

When manufacturing the 590 Shockwave, Mossberg sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ask how their gun could be qualified. According to U.S. law, a “shotgun” is roughly defined as a gun meant to be fired from the shoulder with shotgun shells. Since the 590 Shockwave is meant to be fired from the hip, the Bureau sent Mossberg a letter back stating yes, the 590 Shockwave is a “firearm” according to the Gun Control Act, but not by the National Firearms Act.

When we go back to HB 1819, section 46.05 states any gun that is “otherwise not subject to that registration requirement” by the NFA is protected under the bill. Therefore, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is protected and will be available to purchase at your local gun store on September 1.

Now Tim Stetzer, the author of the “Tactical Weapons” article, explains the 590 Shockwave is a close-range gun. He states it is “for up-close-and-personal use in your house or around your vehicle.” He repeats this sentiment again in the conclusion, saying although the gun will probably sell a lot for its novelty, we shouldn’t “dismiss the utility of a short, easily maneuverable shotgun for use inside the home or workplace, or in and around vehicles.”

Excuse me? Where exactly is this guy working? Where does he expect people to work and utilize a close-range firearm? The 590 Shockwave is definitely not the type of gun for hunting, so the question remains for those who don’t buy guns: what exactly are they supposed to be used for, and how is that more important than the lives being lost?

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave is only the first of its kind, and if Texas governors get their way, you won’t even have to own an LTC in the first place, as insinuated by Texas House Bill 1911. New guns are endlessly manufactured and legislatures continue supporting them. This is our America: land of the free, home of the gun.

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23 Comments

  1. Fuzz954
    Fuzz954 July 11, 14:03

    “This bill removes silencers “from National Firearms Act requirements,” and is what made the 590 Shockwave legal.”

    This is factually incorrect. That bill addressed the legality of suppressors only. The classification of the firearm in question is the result of long standing definitions within the national firearms act.

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  2. Texas Irregular
    Texas Irregular July 11, 14:51

    “I should make it clear that I’m no gun aficionado”
    …and it shows in this ridiculous article.
    “Anyone from age 18 and up will soon be able to buy them over the counter without the months of wait time and tax stamps you would encounter purchasing a normal shotgun.” your so called normal shotguns do not require tax stamps and months of wait time. Shotguns are sold the same as any firearm. Do the required 4473 form, pay and walk out the same day, in as little as 10 minutes. I’d figure you’d be more worried about those shotguns as they are only 4 inches longer yet can carry more ammunition.
    You dismiss Tim Stetzer as a nut but what magazine does he write for? Tactical Weapons, a magazine catering to Law Enforcement and those interested in the particular weapons the magazine is named.
    Stick to issues you know and avoid leftist hyperbole of doom.

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  3. Cal S.
    Cal S. July 11, 15:05

    Sorry, you lost me at “Without the months of wait time and tax stamps you would encounter purchasing a normal shotgun”, because that’s false. A “normal shotgun” is not subject to the taxation and registration requirements of the NFA and would therefore not require the taxes or months’ long wait that you claim. Yes, ‘anyone’ 18+ can walk out of any gun store with a ‘normal shotgun’ in less than an hour.

    You may not be a ‘gun aficionado’, but it would be helpful if you’d just do a little up-front research. Like, 10 minutes on Google or something. I know that’s asking a lot from modern media, who for reasons known only to themselves cling desperately to their ignorance in this age of information, but you might give it a try.

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  4. Ketchman
    Ketchman July 11, 17:12

    Amanda If you do not understand the need and usage of a close rangr shotgun for home and possibly workplace protection, depending on the wotkplace, then picture this: the shotgun that you have available to.you when your house or business is broken into and you are IN that home or business, was designed for shooting geese and has a 26 inch barrel and is very cumbersome to attempt to bring on target on the close confines of your bedroom or dining room because of the furniture. Remember that 26″ barrel sticks out in front of the receiver and the buttstock of the gun making it effectivly 4+ feet long. Try swinging that length quickly and quietly around your house with it to your shoulder and think how quickly could it be brought to bear against an intruder bent on harming you or your family. A family member has called yhe police but average response time is over 4-6 minutes. A short shotgun of this length can be used extrememly effectivly in confining quarters for your and your families protection. No sense dieing because you could not get your long barreled shotgun into action in time because the barrel got hung up in a chair when your tried to turn around as your assailant rushes you. This weapom is meant purely for self defense, period, just like most handguns.
    I wonder if you will even read this or if I am typing this out for nothing.

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  5. Rich
    Rich July 11, 22:05

    This article is so riddled with errors it’s embarrassing. You don’t need a tax stamp to purchase a shotgun. Silencers have nothing to do with the Mossberg 590. The shockwave is classed as an AOW (any other weapon); and on and on. Bless your heart, if you’re going to write an article an least research the subject.

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  6. Alan
    Alan July 12, 07:10

    “I should make it clear that I’m no gun aficionado.’ You are also misinformed. Except in states that exercise a prior restraint on your 2nd amendment rights like MA, CA, NJ, NY, an IL. There are no wait times, no tax stamps, and no special permits required to buy a normal shotgun. The CBS statistic you quote has been debunked over and over again. I could go on and on correcting you mistakes but the response would be longer than your “article”.

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  7. BryanLL
    BryanLL July 12, 08:20

    Answer to the writers questions. It’s intended use is home and/or self defense.

    It is more important than the lives bieng lost because the lives being lost are typically individuals that are in the act of committing felonies.

    As far as immocent lives being lost, consider this. Why don’t we outlaw cars because iinnocent people die in traffic accidents?

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  8. normal shotgun
    normal shotgun July 12, 09:23

    It is clear from your first paragraph that you know absolutely nothing about firearms or the federal regulations restricting them. Your opinion piece is a waste of time.

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  9. JimInHouston
    JimInHouston July 12, 09:34

    So, you have NO evidence that this weapon is uniquely dangerous. Your only objection is that it frightens you.

    Sorry, your fears do not get to dictate other peoples’ rights.

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  10. jim smith
    jim smith July 12, 09:56

    Re: ” The 590 Shockwave is definitely not the type of gun for hunting…what exactly are they supposed to be used for”

    The Second Amendment is not about hunting, target shooting or home defense. Its purpose is clearly stated in the preamble to the Bill of Rights – specifically “The convention of a number of states having at the time of their adopting of the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse, of its powers that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added”. Note that when the Second Amendment was written, every weapon was a weapon of war, there were no restrictions on the private ownership of weapons and the militia was equally matched with the regulars. After all, if they weren’t equally matched, it would be pretty hard to deter or prevent a “misconstruction or abuse, of the government’s powers” – so in reality, the citizen militia of today should have the same firearms as the current US military. Unfortunately we are no longer equally matched because we have let our gun rights be eroded by buying into this notion if we just compromise to accommodate the people who – for whatever reason – don’t like guns they will quit trying to take away our gun rights. The problem is history has shown that no matter how much we compromise, it’s never enough so we need to stop compromising.

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  11. C
    C July 12, 10:16

    The author of this article apparently has never herd of self defense or the second amendment.

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  12. Blsm
    Blsm July 12, 11:15

    And explain to me how all those antigun laws are being enforced? Have you read a newspaper lately? How many times have you read that a noncriminal violated a gun law? Answer never. CRIMINALS are who you should be worried about. Good honest citizens obey antigun laws…criminals don’t and never will. Criminals already have short shotguns.

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  13. fsilber
    fsilber July 12, 11:57

    Tim Selzer: “we shouldn’t dismiss the utility of a short, easily maneuverable shotgun for use inside the home or workplace, or in and around vehicles.”

    Amanda Dycus: “Excuse me? Where exactly is this guy working? Where does he expect people to work and utilize a close-range firearm?”

    A good example would be a convenience store. Some took the name “stop-and-shop” — but others ironically changed that to “stop-and-rob.” So a weapon like this might be useful to the owner of any cash business that tends to attract armed robbers. (But they should practice. I don’t imagine a compact weapon so powerful would be easy to shoot.)

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  14. BJH
    BJH July 12, 14:15

    “[S]urprised that practically any gun is still legal in the U.S.[?]”

    You shouldn’t be. According to the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Miller, all arms “in common use” that have “some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia” and/or are “any part of the ordinary military equipment” are those within the ambit of Second Amendment protection.

    Additionally, the Miller Court ruled that “With obvious purpose to assure the continuation and render possible the effectiveness of such forces, the declaration and guarantee of the Second Amendment were made. It must be interpreted and applied with that end in view.”

    Please note: The criterion for Second Amendment protection is not firearms’ suitability for ‘sporting purposes’, it is for MILITIA UTILITY. As such, any arm that can reasonably be used in a militia setting is protected.

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  15. FiftycalTX
    FiftycalTX July 12, 14:49

    Po’widdle snowflake. Don’t know why anybody would “need” one of them nasty ole’ gunz? Well, first GENIUS, you don’t need a $200 tax stamp for a “Normal shotgun”. And the “shockwave” and any other shotgun is a great gun for home protection. Don’t like it? THEN DO NOT BUY ONE! And it’s called the BILL OF RIGHTS, not the “bill of needs”. And snowflake, did you know people with licenses to carry can be in YOUR CLASSROOM right now? Along with more than 1 MILLION LTC holders in Texas? Do you know that for every time you see a COP, 15 people with LTC’s have passed you by? Oh, and you don’t even NEED A LTC to have a handgun in your car LEGALLY? So snowflake, if you are afraid of them nasty gunz, you got a lot more to worry about than a “shockwave”. Of course if you don’t try to rob, rape, murder or assault womeone else, you don’t have anything to worry about from a good guy with a gun.

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  16. jack burton
    jack burton July 12, 17:31

    Young Amanda sounds much like a five year old on her first tricycle attempting to discuss winning NASCAR race strategy. She’s heard a few words she can repeat from the adults but she really has no clue as to the meaning of them. And she expects people who actually understand the words and meanings to take her seriously.

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  17. Byronio
    Byronio July 12, 17:48

    Ms Dycus- you have significant facts wrong in your political opinion piece. I doubt this comment will be published so I will be brief:
    1-you dont have to wait months and get tax stamps to buy a normal shotgun;
    2- silencers were NOT removed from NFA requirements: the law was changed to allow eligible citizens to buy one without a formality of a signature of the Chief of Police/Sheriff where one lives, but still requires a background check, lengthy (approaching 1 year) ATF processing, and payment of a $200 tax per NFA item.
    I understand you hate guns, fine. Your case would be more effective if you did basic research.

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  18. OregonTom
    OregonTom July 12, 18:05

    “Anyone from age 18 and up will soon be able to buy them over the counter without the months of wait time and tax stamps you would encounter purchasing a normal shotgun.”

    Normal shotgun? Wait time? Tax Stamp? “Normal shotguns” are not NFA controlled items. You go down to the gun store, gets your background check, pays your money, and it’s yours.

    “I should make it clear that I’m no gun aficionado”

    You just make that crystal clear.

    “Since the 590 Shockwave is meant to be fired from the hip….”

    Please fire a Shockwave after placing it up against your hip. Post a photo of the large purple bruise that results. That’s Mossberg’s ideal of a pistol grip. Not to be placed against any part of the body.

    “Excuse me? Where exactly is this guy working?”

    Why do some people have such trouble with the idea of self-defense? Think Jewelry store, Pawn shop, even Charlie Hebdo.

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  19. jaye
    jaye July 12, 22:13

    The fallacy here is an NFA item vs a non-NFA firearm. When the National Firearms Act of 1934 was being debated, the initial draft included ALL handguns. The writer of this legislation thought that if handguns were prohibited, then criminals would cut the stocks and barrels off of shotguns and rifles, thus they were included, too.

    But handguns were ultimately removed from the act during debate on the bill, which renders the restrictions on short-barrel rifles and shotguns MEANINGLESS!

    Further, the technical wording of the NFA is such that it’s a crime to cut off a barrel of a rifle or shotgun, but it’s not illegal to MAKE a handgun. The wording makes it a restricted item if it (in this case) fires a shotshell, has a barrel less than 16″ AND has an overall length less than 26″. Put a standard pistol grip and an 18-1/2″ barrel and you have a “cruiser”. Shorten the barrel and you’re still OK, as long as you proportionally lengthen the grip – AND make it as a pistol, (technically an AOW) and NOT a cut down shotgun.

    These have been LEGAL by federal law all along, all TX did was remove their more restrictive state version.

    BTW, NONE of this affects criminals – they don’t obey the law anyway. They use pistols, which they steal, and conceal without permits. And if they can’t get pistols, they cut down shotguns and make them (much) less than 26″ long. It kind of goes with the definition (criminal = does not obey the law – like that one against murder).

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  20. RetiredDetective1018
    RetiredDetective1018 July 13, 06:39

    Ooh that gun is scary looking. i don’t think people should be allowed to have scary looking guns. That is about as rational an thoughtful as this article.

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  21. Alan
    Alan July 13, 06:47

    Maybe we should have a wait time and tax stamps required for every “news” article in order to check the facts and make sure it is accurate. There is no reason the 1st amendment should be treated any different than the 2nd.

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  22. Infidel762x51
    Infidel762x51 July 14, 08:47

    What are the implication of poor journalism?

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