ATF Starts Process to Outlaw Bump-Stocks — Act Now!

By Dave Dolbee published on in Gun Gear, News

Late last week, (Friday, March 23, 2018) Attorney General Sessions announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has initiated the process to classify bump-stocks as machineguns. The announcement is available on DOJ’s website. If adopted, the rules will amend the ATF’s regulations to “clarify” the terms “single function of the trigger,” “automatically,” and “machinegun” as follows:

Bump Fire stock

The BATFE is seeking to classify bump-stocks as machineguns.

  • Single Function of the Trigger – Single pull of the trigger
  • Automatically – The result of a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through a single pull of the trigger
  • Machinegun – A device that allows semi-automatic firearms to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm to which it is affixed so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter (commonly known as bump-stock-type devices).

These new rules, if adopted, will supersede all prior determinations such that any device that meets these new definitions will qualify as a machinegun. Moreover, if adopted as proposed, those individuals currently owning bump-stock devices will be forced to turn them in or destroy the devices in their possession. Again, it is important to understand that this is only proposed right now, but if you fail to speak up and let your voices be heard these rules will likely go into effect.

ATF is requesting comments from the public with regard to the following five topics:

  1. The scope of the proposed rule, and the definition of “machinegun”
  2. The costs and benefits of the proposed rule, and the appropriate methodology and data for calculating those costs
  3. The reasonableness of the assumption that retailers of bump-stock-type devices are likely to be businesses with an online presence
  4. How ATF should address bump-stock-type devices that private parties currently possess
  5. The appropriate means of implementing a final rule

It’s up to you. Regardless whether you own—or care to own—a bump-stock, this is another assault on the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. A solution in search of a problem. After all, how many documented instances of a bump-stock be used to commit a crime are there? Where will it stop? After the gun control advocates get a win, do you think they will stop at bump-stocks or triggers?

Take Action

Your voice matters, but only if you make it heard. The next step will be to watch for the official notice to be published in the Federal Register. That will kick off the 90-day comment period. You can also become a force multiplier by sharing this story and encouraging others to make their voices heard as well.

What is your opinion of the ATF’s new proposed regulations? What comment will you leave on the Federal Register? Share your answers in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (71)

  • Joe Losoya

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    I really don’t care for the bump stock, but I don’t care for people just deciding that I can’t own something because a mentally ill person used an accessory in a terrible attack. At least that’s my view.

    Joe

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  • Mark Blevins

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    Well if you know what they are please share with the class.

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  • Wendell Harlow

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    Granted, bump stocks are not even needed, as any semi-auto firearm can be fired as if it had a bump stock. The technique is fairly simple.
    That said, this proposed legislation is an assault (no pun intended) on the Second Amendment. I would not bother with a bump stock personally, but give these Statist a-holes an inch and they’ll take a mile.

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    • Sidney A Rovira

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      Please tell ne how that can be accomplished. i have treid to purchase a bump stock but was told that there is no idea as to when they will become available.

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  • Mark Blevins

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    Again just another Gun Grab tactic. This will do nothing to stop the criminals this is nothing more than a “Feel Good” action. Not to mention if you read it and compare it to the original this could be fought in court as not giving the proper description of how a Bump stock functions or what it actually does. nor does it address the fact that you can Bump Fire without this or any other device intended to help a user fire the weapon.

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  • Bob

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    The thought of “Gubmint” telling me there is one more thing they forbid me to have makes me furious. So mad my eyes will pop out and my head explode. I won’t even go into what a silly piece of law it would be; or how it’s going the completely wrong direction in regards to gun rights.

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  • Dark Angel

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    You really don’t need add-on devices to make ‘semiautomatic’ rifles, fire ‘full-auto.’ Have fired semi-AKs, ARs, SKS and other, ‘full-auto’ by the holding them in a proper manner. A little experimentation will let you do this too, no ‘bump stock’ required. Someday, if they will publish it, may just post a ‘HOW TO’ article on Wiki-How, showing how to do this. Still, it is a ‘serious’ infringement on gun owner’s rights. Too, this is the same BATF that declared a 13″ shoe lace an ‘unregistered’ machinegun. It does work, I’ve done it. This got a man sent to prison and his firearms confiscated, when ‘good’ neighbors turned him in for having a machinegun.

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  • Damian

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    I saw this coming the first time i ever saw a guy with 1 on his AK at the local range my immediate thinking was there is a future ban coming on these lol.I never had a use for 1 and i saw this ban coming so i never wasted my money .

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  • Drew

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    There are several court cases, including supreme court (fed and state), that make any law that affects/abrogates an unalienable right null and void from its beginning (ab initio). They can be disregarded without punishment. Defending yourself and your loved ones however, whenever, and wherever you choose is an unalienable right. You better know the cases if you are going to stand up for your rights.

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  • James frampton

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    Regarding bump stocks.

    As a former State and Federal firearms dealer for 35 years, I do not think that banning “bump Stocks” is a violation of my 2nd amendment rights. No more than the banning of the “auto sear” was many years ago.
    This type of device promotes the “spray and pray” type of shooting that does not have a place in hunting or target shooting. Actually, have this device used for hunting would scare most hunters when a machine gun type noise was heard by other hunters in the woods.
    While it is fun to shoot automatic weapons, there are many states that allow machine guns

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    • JD MAK

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      James, you wrote, “This type of device promotes the “spray and pray” type of shooting that does not have a place in hunting or target shooting….”
      Can you kindly direct me to the hunting or target shooting clause in the 2nd Amendment?

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    • scozad

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      WTF are you talking about the 2nd Amendment is NOT about hunting and target shooting! It’s about defending yourself, your family and your possessions and about defending yourself against a tyrannical government. PERIOD! Your one who SHOULD lose their FFL license for being completely ignorant about what the 2nd Amendment is ACTUALLY about.

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    • Rob

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      All I can say is if the government goes tyrannical and they come after you its a safe bet THEY will have fully automatic weapons.

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  • Oneserer

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    The ATF comments section has been closed since Jan. this year. No more comments are being solicited. At least, that’s all that I could find, about Bump Stocks.

    However, it is sad that the Gov’t want’s to punish a million people for the single action of just one person who used a bump stock.

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    • Cam

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      Comments have long been closed and ignored. The goobermint is doing what they want to regardless of the overwhelming comments against it and the fact that they will be breaking Borge the law and going against the constitution in doing so.

      Reply

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