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.

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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)

  • Patrick Malone

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    First, let me state clearly that I am NOT a lawyer, nor do I have any formal legal training. That being said, I believe there is a point of law, about passing an ‘ex post facto’ law, which makes a previously innocent citizen into an in fact criminal. I say this because, I am one who purchased this item, but never have even mounted it on my rifle. I saw the ban coming, and,m thinking about being “grandfathered”, went ahead an bought it. That being said, if the government confiscates my legally purchased possession, don’t they have to ‘make me whole’ by issuing a check for the market value of the item? Just a couple of things to think about! YMMV

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  • John

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    Best put by the Founders, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

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  • Scruffy Face

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    Next they’ll want to ban “stepping motors” which allow you to maximize the cycling rate of any semi automatic weapon they’re affixed to operate. Or maybe they want ALL firearms to have multiple triggers (like the double set match trigger on my Krico 640SS)?

    If the s passes then I guess we all become criminals for protecting our rights. So be it, it will not change my oath.

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  • Donho

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    You can see where this is going. Everybody says ‘you can fire any semi muy rapidly by holding it just so’.
    So THERE’S the culprit. We have to outlaw ALL semi-automatic weapons by God and do it for the children. Like the man said, the journey of a thousand miles…

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  • Steve in Detroit

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    That whole “Single Function of the Trigger” part will lead to Franklin arms trigger and any aftermarket triggers that do anything to increase rate or smoothness of Factory Installed Trigger a Machine gun.This is Phase 1. We will see how many of the Molan labe stickered and tatooed bunch will “stick to their guns” when the alphabet squads come kicking. Your country is not free any more, when you have high schoolers dictating to Senators and Congessmen, who buckle under kiddie pleas.

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  • Jay

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    Well, I said after the Vegas faux event this was a setup for more regulation! Here it is. The way the proposal is written it is a direct violation of Article 1 sections 9 and 10 not to mention the second amendment! Next they will come for more than one magazine in your possession and no more than 10 rounds for each firearm and or back ground checks to purchase ammo! Any more infringement will not be accepted! If Trump signs this disaster he will be impeached and that’s what the liberals want!

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  • IG88a

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    Banning the auto sear is an infringement of the 2nd Amendment and so would be the banning of bump stocks, etc. I think banning any product that prevents free citizens from obtaining similar small arms as the police and military have is an infringement. I would entertain some regulation on certain weapons like the ones that could destroy your or a neighbor’s property if stored improperly but most small arms don’t fall into that category.

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  • Joseph F Pistorio

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    I got my comments in and published on the register. I did add a part on “Fast and Furious”. I mentioned that we have no proof “Bumpstocks” were used. Only the ATF’s word. I mentioned that I carried an M-60 in combat for three years. The recorded sounds in Vegas were not from “Bumpstocks”.

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  • cath8r

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    Wow, isn’t it a great time to be a criminal or maniac? I mean, look at the power they have! It only takes one of them to change the laws for millions of law abiding citizens. Millions of us can voice our opposing opinions, but that one maniac has the upper hand. The single “bad guy” has more of a voice in this than all of us put together, and the anti-gunners call it “common sense.” A single maniac can cause the ATF to consider changing it’s own definitions of “machine gun” to the point where the definitions don’t even make sense! Bump stocks don’t change a semi auto into an auto weapon, period. Sorry, but they don’t. Will my index finger and belt loop become a “machine gun?” Will they ban Jerry Miculek?

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  • Ernest Robbins

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    These three new rules do not apply to the current bump-stock design as each shot fired requires a single pull of the trigger no matter how fast the firing rate. You do not get multiple shots from one pull of the trigger. Just another case of useless laws being proposed by people that are uneducated in the real problems facing them. They never seem to be able to address the root cause.

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