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)

  • Richard

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    ….from my cold dead hands..

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  • IG88a

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    Don’t think these measures are a compromise. If we had a say in the matter it might be but this is just another attempt to reduce our rights.

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  • Les Coffman

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    From the bumpfire link on the Fed. Register homepage,comments were
    to be submitted on or before 25 Jan. 2018.

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  • Rich

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    First they came for the bump stocks, and I did not speak out –
    Because I did not own a bump stock.

    Then they came for…

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    • Rodney Steward

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      But yet we’re always told it’s in the name of safety and we know best!

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  • Alan Thompson

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    This is another right they are trying to take away. Do not do it. Stand up now for your rights Join the NRA or any other groups that supports your freedoms and 2nd amendment rights.

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  • IG88a

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    People should be allowed to have machine guns. If you don’t like bump stocks than you should let people have access to proper machine guns post GCA of 1986. Otherwise you don’t support the 2nd Amendment.

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  • Robert

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    Tommy I have been shooting bump stocks for years every time a round is fired the trigger is pulled I don’t think they were made for marksmanship I think they are a lot of fun wasting ammo now after the Vegas shooting we have all these experts wanting to tell me I shouldn’t be aloud to have that kind of fun I think anyone willing to give up apiece of their 2nd amendment is a idiot

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  • Jamie

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    I think bump stocks should be banned. If we aren’t willing to give up somewhere we’ll loose more of our rights in the long run. People will misuse these gun enhancements. It’s monkey see monkey do and it will happen again. These bans always happen for a reason.

    I wasn’t for taking suppressors off the NFA list either. If that went mainstream people would missue those weapons and make the left’s argument even stronger of why we need less gun rights. (If you’re not willing to do the NFA process then quit crying about it.)

    If we aren’t willing to compromise they will eventually get what they want, a semi-automatic weapons ban.

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    • Robert D Williams

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      We’ve been compromising for 80 years… they will never stop taking more of our rights unless we stand up to them

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    • David Rocca

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      The problem is that “compromise” means both parties give up something and to this point we are the only ones giving up anything. “Shall not be infringed” is clear enough. No, you can’t outlaw something because one person, one time did something wrong. And further, why is it only in the realm of the second amendment that the law-abiding are punished for crimes they didn’t commit?

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    • Greg

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      Sadly Davis that’s exactly what their doing with the bump stock!!!

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    • Greg

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      Sorry David

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    • Rodney Steward

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      Once you give up one little thing it will never stop, it’s a lot learning to walk, you start out with baby steps and keep going! They know what they’re doing!

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    • Jim

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      Jamie people like you are the problem.

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  • Terry Lovett

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    This what happens when a government gets too big they will take your property . Shut down industry/your livelihood. What’s next outlawing your car/ truck. Please people use your head’s vote these communist politicians out of office. Before America looks like Europe in the 1940s .
    It just starts with banning accessories on a firearm . (To conquer a nation disarm the people) the words of (Adolf Hitler)

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    • Rodney Steward

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      Look at all of Europe now, they’ve taken their guns and are over run with muslims that are destroying them! And yes the liberals are using Hitlers agenda, he started with the schools, and look at ours and he was claiming Germany was a Democracy while he was disarming them!

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  • Dave

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    Take away the bump stocks if you want, because a RUBBER BAND, or a BELT LOOP and 30 seconds of training does the SAME THING. This farcical attempt to control the rights of citizens is a JOKE, and will not stop determined MANIACS.

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