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)

  • Agreeable

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    My friend, you could not have broken down the 2nd amendment argument more eloquently & yet so simplistic. I wish it could be read by an anchor on fox news primetime for all to hear. The context & realization that it’s not the type of gun that is guaranteed by our forefathers, but the very possession of a weapon (knife, sword, bow, firearm, future energy based weapons) to ensure the defense of the last self check system of the system of governmental rule. The preservation of the citizens to push back against those in power that would seek to impose their will on a large segment of the population that doesn’t see a world view as they do.

    I know everyone is thinking it these days, why doesn’t anyone suggest it & come up with a legitimate outline to gather the states (miid-America & Alaska) that want to secede from the union & show the world that a peacefully succession CAN be done in a modern civilized society without any blood shed & only egos hurt. It after all, guaranteed by our forefathers. I think legitimate talks should start now before the country tears itself apart more than it is now.

    Then, after a short period of time has passed and tempers have cooled off, the two new seperate country entities can learn to cherish their common friendship bond much like England & the U.S. now share inseparable brotherhood bonds alliance.

    Such a succession would do the country good & as it was Jefferson himself that said, “I hold it that a little rebellion now & then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” He goes on to say, “It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

    Nothing could hold more truth today. Look how polarized our country has become. Perhaps the best medicine is a break up.(however, peaceful unlike our break up with England) to secure the sanity of our differences. Then, after the feelings of resentment have settled, we can one again appreciate our differences & have a stronger bond in friendship than in “political matrimony.”

    Who wants to get the political break up ball rolling?

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    • steve

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      secession, not succession

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  • Robert

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    I was a sworn law enforcement officer for 35 years and I personally think that any “new” rules or laws are an infringement against the Second Amendment. It’s a political move, and just another way to keep sliding that foot in the door to eventually suppress the private ownership of firearms. Unfortunately, our politicians care more about reacting to the hysteria so they can get votes than they are about maintaining our freedoms.

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  • Rodney Steward

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    As always just another piece of the 2nd being stripped in the name of SAFETY, when all the trouble is the existing law are NOT being enforced just as the FBI is NOT doing it’s job! It’s like these shootings are being allowed to happen in the name of GUN CONTROL!!!!!!!!

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  • Gunfunner

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    The 2nd Amendment is OUR right. The right to keep, and bear arms. Our gooberment knows the more rights they “steal” from us, the more they can control us. They take our rights in the name of public safety, while the very firearms they want to take, probably do more to protect citizens everyday, than most law enforcement do.
    I have nothing against honest law enforcement, but have seen first hand the constant profiling that EVERY traffic Natzi does by the type of vehicles, look of person, or whatever else causes them to want to stop the person.
    I enjoy shooting my firearms. I am content knowing I can protect my family against any evil that would try to harm or violate my castle. I will not sit by and allow OUR rights to be stolen by fear mongering fools. I will make my voice & my vote be heard!

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  • 9MMAN

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    The simple response here is that the ATF has already done its job once and declared that a bump stock was not classified as a device that turned a semi-auto into a full auto “machinegun.” The study was not performed in a rush to judgment, it was performed under test firing to determine the weapon was still firing with multiple pulls of the trigger for every round expended. So amongst political pressures it will be reclassified as the opposite to the above? Every time a mass shooting takes place, the weapon or in this case the accessory becomes the target not the sicko. As usual, this isn’t about bump stocks, its about control!

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    • James

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      The ATF has made a ruling. And that should stand. If any change is to be made, it should not include the previously sold product. If anything, the new ones could be registered to keep for future information as to if they are being used illegally. Maybe even allow one’s previously sold to be brought in to be registered. Those used in the shooting are already off the street. By banning them is to assume all will commit a crime. That could apply to any gun.

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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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  • Tom

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    My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that a bump stock is a gun accessory only. It has no practical use. All of the other gun law issues aside, I have no problem with getting rid of them. It’s the industry’s attempt to get around the law to create the ability to build a new FA weapon.
    No civilian NEEDS one. I am a Gulf War vet. I have enough weapons and ammo to protect my family and I am an expert marksman. A person who is proficient with their weapon can put more shots on target than an idiot with a machine gun (or someone that bought a device that makes a semi auto work full auto).
    As for the number of crimes committed by someone with a device that illegally ( at least it should have been) converts a weapon to full auto, there were several hundred in one day!
    In this case, a loophole was exploited and lots of people’s lives were destroyed. Stop whining and learn that in our society laws get created to protect us from the stupid or crazy when really bad things happen. Learn to be better parents and citizens and cultivate a sense of integrity.

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    • CvinTn

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      I have to agree with you Tom. What is the need for civilians to own such an accessory. Yes we want it all in our democratic society, but this isnt challenging our gun rights. Background checks are failing in some cases and should be rethought. Lets be real people. Enjoy the shooting sports. Have my permit to carry. Try to help educate and reaffirm our right to bear arms. I dont need a bump fire stock. Do you? Really?

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    • CvinTn

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      I have to agree with you Tom. Bump fire stocks are not needed in the civilian shooting world. There are only cheating on the laws between semi auto and automatic firearms definition and ownership. Civilians do not need these accessories. That said, i have carry permit, enjoy the shooting sports, carry everyday, and try to help inform others, young and old, why we need to carry and preserve our 2nd amendment. Its our Federal right and i still cant understand how a state can undermine and jail us for carrying a weapon when the law of the land is to protect our rights no matter what state. Stand strong and be heard

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    • Roadkill

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      Tom, The bump stock is still not full auto, it still locks up and then fires a round off. That is why they were legal for so long. So it is NOT full auto.
      I spent 12 years in the NE Afghanistan.

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    • CvinTn

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      Your right Roadkill. Its not a full auto weapon. But its as close as you can get legally. Fun to shoot, but not practical for everyone to able to own. We are never going to get along with one another in this world and bump fire stocks arent going to help. The people are fooled into thinking that guns are the problem. This gun, that gun, that high capacity magazine caused those deaths. BS. We need a better screening system and more education at schools, work, and home on how to protect ourselves. People forget because they havent lived or served through wars, atomic bomb scares, muggings, car jacking, or even robbery at your local c-store. The population is unaware thinking they are safe. You are not. Try talking to a meth or heroin addict with a gun or knife that is intent on getting your possessions.Your probably not going to survive. Kids these days car jack just for the joy ride. Here locally, Nashville, “lady jus give me the car, or ill have to shoot ya” while the kids in the backseat. Its everywhere and we have to be prepared. Guns arent the problem. Responsible ownership of guns and better background checks along with education will better serve our 2nd amendment rights.

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    • Shallnotbeinfringed

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      U a fudd

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    • Jim

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      Tom, you clearly missed the point of the discussion. I said i would never purchcase a bump stock. But i did because i had to know what all the fuss was about. I have fired many different types of full auto machine guns and i have to say this thing is not like them. You are lucky to get four to simultaneous fire. I can do better with buckshot. The point is why are you so eager to throw in the towel? I don’t think any firearm law they made-up is truly legal. If you think there not coming for you next, thats a laugh. Just stay out of the game and sit on the bench.

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    • Beenthere

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      Your opinion is exactly that. An opinion. Did you not take an oath? If you are the vet you say you are then go back and please read your oath. Then read your constitution.

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  • CountryLogic

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    So, is there a difference between a “machine gun” and a “automatic”? From the above definition of “machine gun” it sounds like a “machine gun” has to start out as a semi-automatic.

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  • Lobohunter

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    Regardlrsd of how you feel about bumpstocks, it is nothing more than a “get-your-foot-in-the-door” tactic to start start confiscation of weapons by controlling AR accessories.
    Seems the next logical step would be to limit trigger pull weight or bullet load or maybe BCG materials and buffer spring tension.
    All of these things enhance reset time and help with follow up shot speed.
    Resistance of this ruling should be mandentory by all gun owners.

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    • ooba dooba

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      I’m not necessarily approving of a bumpstock but REALLY!
      I am simply against any and all infringements
      as they take away rights granted by the Bill, esp 2nd Amend
      Banning of every item that can possibly be attached to a gun is way overreaching. Suppressors too. And FELONY!
      Every new law in town is now a felony.
      How many shooting incidents with bumpstock? ONE!
      Restrict millions for ONE? REALLY!+?

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  • Thomas Kuzma

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    Let us first define the purpose of “any” law. It’s ultimate purpose is to serve the citizens of any nation, state, county, city, or town. (Right or wrong?)
    If you agree w/the above statement, then you will also agree that the 2nd amendment is not designed for our self preservation. Which is stated above as an “unalienable right”. We all have that right to protect ourselves, our families, and our property, by any means necessary from local threats. Our 2nd amendment is aimed specifically at our government, (public servants to “We the people”) to not design/create/promote or otherwise engage in tyranny towards those whom you serve.(special-interest groups ,i.e. NEA, etc. not included!)
    The argument that muskets were the choice weapon of the 2nd amendment is to miss the essentials of the entire debate.
    I might be preaching to the quire here, but a little background of understanding is required for us all to be on the same page in this fight.
    Our modern progressives(notice the left changed their handle back to the progressives from “the liberals” during WWII because the progressive party in Germany just happened to be the “Nazi’s) have gotten braver to promote their left-wing agenda since even the republicans have come out w/their “New World Order” as early as the 80’s. Notice thru-out history, the first things attacked besides education, is the ability of the people to defend themselves against their government.
    I’m sorry to make this so long. Lets examine the “bump-stock” issue. We learned that the bump-stock, can be fun to waste ammo with. But at the same time, it over heats the weapons and causes them to jam as discovered during the shooting in Las Vegas. 5 weapons were found jammed due to these devices. We already have too many laws against murder. Murder is murder! Are we going to outlaw trucks and cars because terrorists have used them to murder people? No! Because that would penalize the entire driving population. What about the entire shooting population??? There are probably a greater number of us than there are of the driving population because we involve our family members that are unable to drive due to age(too young) or physical abilities. Our Constitution gives us our rights, not the “law-givers” and any attempt to infringe on that “right” is obviously(to the common man) illegal! But to those whose intent is to disarm the nation w/common-sense legislation and gun control are traitors to the Constitution, the founding fathers and this nation. These individuals have the option to move to any nation(w/money they have acquired through “our” way of government) w/the government that believes the way the do. It is totally unnecessary for them to try and change our Constitution, laws and customs to suit themselves. Remember, the only thing that is preventing the communist/socialist/liberal/progressive agenda of globalism(to make this nation a “state” in a global “New World Order”) is the United States Constitution guaranteeing it’s citizens the right to bear arms on an equal footing w/it’s government.
    Thanks for reading,
    LC

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