The BATFE Wants to Hear From You — “Bump Fire” Stocks

By Dave Dolbee published on in Gun Gear

The Department of Justice (DOJ) anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition. Before doing so, the DOJ and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.

Bump Fire stock


Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 2018. Commenters should be aware that the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not accept comments after Midnight Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the comment period.


You may submit comments, identified by docket number (2017R-22), by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Click Here

Fax: (202) 648-9741

Mail: Vivian Chu, Mailstop 6N-518, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC 20226. ATTN: 2017R-22

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All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANRPM). All comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal,, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation section of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

What are your views regarding bump fire stocks? Do you think they need to be regulated? Share your answers in the comment section.


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,, and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (52)

  • Mike


    There is no proof that a bumpstock rifle was used in Vegas. People on the scene stated the shots sounded like a belt fed machine gun.

    Just because ‘official’ photos show up with a bumpstock rifle in them does not mean anything. Smoke and mirrors people. The whole Vegas shooting was another false flag to scare people into allowing the government to push us on gun rights.

    Inch by inch. They continue to push.


    • Jim Farmer


      You could not more correct!!! It’s awfully strange that NO REAL EVIDENCE has been displayed in any shape or form!!! STINKS to high Heaven!! The whole thing!!!


  • Brad Wans


    As has been stated several times here, it’s not going to prevent someone obtaining one for illegal purposes, should they desire it. Locks don’t keep criminals out. They’re only to keep honest people honest. I’ve never fired a weapon with a bump stock installed. Have no need for one. Doesn’t mean they should be regulated. That only opens the door for more regulations, and we’ve all seen how well the ones we already have work. Honest gun owners are NOT the problem. People who use guns to commit crimes are the problem. It’s no more the gun’s fault than it is the moon’s. Deal with the criminals SWIFTLY AND HARSHLY. Give other criminals a reason to reconsider their choices. If you know you’re more likely to get caught, and that the consequences will be severe, it will deter more crime than you might imagine.


  • Ken


    I purchased one of these stocks about a year and a half ago. I remember people saying in a blog that one day someone would kill a bunch of people with it and then it would be banned. Guess they may be right. I find my bump stock fun to shoot but it has many flaws. It is not fully reliable, have to practice and waste quite a bit of ammo to get the hang of it. If you drop it the slide function will most likely break making it inoperable. The big one is all you have is a empty gun faster. Still I would not ban it. The truth is that I believe more people would have been killed in the Las Vegas shooting if the nut job had have taken his time and aimed at individuals one at a time instead of just spraying lead into the crowd.


  • TangoDown03


    Meh , if you gonna do it get the real thing . Yes it’s expensive and takes time . It’s guaranteed to leave you smile with in 3rd position. Honestly I’m embarrassed for criminals that use them . Think about it ? Why would they ? Thus they should be left alone for weekend fun .


  • Ray


    I had to laugh a little, that was my first thought, who could afford to waste 100 rounds of expensive ass ammo regularly?


  • Don Reed


    Bump stocks should not be regulated. Thay are nothing more than another accessory like a scope or attaching different sites. Banning bump stocks will do nothing to stop mass or single shootings. I personally dont want or need one but I do not think there should be unnecessary regulation because someone killed people while using one.


  • Elena George


    Bump stock = another way to waste ammunition.

    How many of jackwagon’s rounds hit nothing?


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