Any way you shoot it, unless there is a mechanical failure, or the disconnecter has been removed, (very illegal) a semi auto only fires, and can only fire, ONCE each time the trigger is pulled. The shoestring, rubber band, Gatling gun crank, etc. may make it fast(er), but the trigger is still being pulled for each and every shot. Therefore, it is by definition, not a machinegun, since it is not a "single function of the trigger."Bump firing done from the hip with a finger worked into the belt loop
Bump Firing with a thick ruber band - Excellent!!
The term “machinegun” means any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.
I can see bump firing as being a machine gun. You cycle the trigger one time and it keeps shooting to the mag runs dry or you do something to stop the recoil. So even if the "item" is not banned... such as a "rubber band".... it is now a machine gun as far as the definition goes.
According to the ATF.... Just having the parts can get you in trouble. So be sure to where Velcro closure shoes and do not carry a key ring.Doggone!
So if I own a semi-auto with a cocking handle and also own a piece of string, does that imply constructive intent?
Yeah, well, they pretty much make crap up as they go along. And they use intimidation to get away with it. As an agency, it's not exactly a characteristic of what you would expect in a free country. But then, about 75% of the federal government would fall under the same characterization.
well heck! I think it is great that the ATF has determined that a 14 inch piece of string, with or without loops on the end(s) is not in and of itself a MACHINEGUN!!