Lawmakers Regulate Firearm Accessory Manufacturer Out of Business

By Dave Dolbee published on in Gun Gear, Legal

It is a shame when any firearm or accessory manufacturer has to close its doors. Colt went through its problems and Remington from its losses. We can armchair quarterback what each company did right or wrong, but in the end, it was the decisions of each company’s leadership that was ultimately responsible. Today’s tale is different. Slide Fire is set to announce that it will permanently cease all operations and sales on May 25. Was this due to poor decisions by its leaders? I would certainly say. More likely, Slide Fire’s demise is being caused by politicians in response to the actions of one person, the Las Vegas Massacre shooter.

Slide Fire Logo

During the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the shooter was reported to have used a bump fire-style stock on one or more of the firearms used. Although hundreds of thousands of bump fire systems have been sold, and only one recorded criminal act was purportedly committed using the system, politicians across the nation—including President Trump—have sought to outlaw the equipment.

The Blame Game

In discussions with my non-gun owning friends, I have often pointed out the error of blaming the equipment and not the evil actions of the person committing the act. I can make dozens of comparisons, for example, we do not blame the car when a person drives drunk; we blame the driver. However, when discussing bump fire stocks with fellow gun owners, I occasionally hear arguments such as how bump fire systems are a waste of expensive ammunition or that they do not care because they do not own a bump fire system, so they are not concerned with the regulation. This is a misguided attitude. What happens when politicians come for a gun or accessory you do care about?

Florida recently passed a law banning any accessory that increases the firearms rate of fire. Does that mean any trigger job or short reset trigger is now illegal? Some Florida politicians have admitted the legislation was rushed and needs to be fixed, but once enacted, gun regulations are seldom altered. Do you really believe the Florida politicians will proceed with the same haste to make the corrections as they did to enact the infringing law?

Anti-Knife March

After years of firearms bans in Britain, crimes and killings with knives have reached epidemic levels in Great Britain.

Conclusion

If one piece of equipment can be outlawed due to a single heinous act, or even the actions of a few bad actors, where will it end? Will the United States follow Britain? Will we regulate firearms to the point of effectively banning all firearm ownership? After several years of firearm regulations, edged weapon attacks in Britain have risen to alarming rates. In fact, Britain is now considering regulation on edged weapons. Will this be our future?

I am all for the free market. The success or failure of a business should be left to the consumer and the business’ ability to compete within its sector. In Slide Fire’s case, however, it is not a free market that is causing its downfall. Instead, it is politicians making poor decisions by blaming a piece of equipment and not the person committing the unlawful act. This should be a lesson to us all and cause every gun owner to take a step back and reexamine the threat this poses to the Second Amendment.

Outlawing bump fire stocks will not quench the thirst of feel good politics or the efforts of those bent on repealing the Second Amendment; it will only embolden them for the next attack on our rights. Do you agree? Share your answer 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 (50)

  • Bob S

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    ATF could not ban bump fire stocks the way the law was and is currently written. That also goes for the new rapid dual fire triggers, etc. The law in brief states no mechanical change can be made that allows more than 1 shot per pull of the trigger. A true fully automatic will fire continuously with a single pull of the trigger until the trigger is released or the ammo is exhausted. Bump fire stocks are legal as they only allow 1 shot per pull of the trigger, but bump fire stocks allow very fast trigger pull and releases using the recoil of the gun. Watch videos that show how they work. What amazes me is the same law currently allows for dual fire triggers that fire 1 shot when pulled, and 1 shot when released. Basically pull and release and you fire 2 shots. Per the law they are legal as they only allow 1 shot per pull as there is no mention in the law about not allowing a shot on the release. You can also view videos on this type of trigger to see how they work.

    I agree that taking something away is going to erode our rights. They want to ban “ASSAULT RIFLES” or AR Rifles which most of us know that AR was a designation for Armalite Rifle, the original rifle designer, not for assault rifles. Many call AR Rifles MSR for Modern Sporting Rifles. Even though they look like the military version, they are not fully automatic and no more and often less lethal than a hunting caliber semi-automatic rifles, which often use more powerful calibers. So if they ban AR style rifles, then hunting rifles may be next, and so on, until they go for your pocket knife.

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  • cath8r

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    Nobody has explained to me how the Vegas shooter got 400 pounds of equipment into that building without being questioned. And nobody has explained how he removed the windows, which weighed several hundred pounds, without anyone suspecting or hearing anything. The whole thing is either a massive failure of security or the guy had help, or both. If you really think about it, the incident just doesn’t make sense on several levels. And then you have the ATF, who deemed bump stocks legal, then later changed their minds. I guess their word means nothing, and anything can be changed on a whim. Something stinks here and it doesn’t add up.

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  • Mike

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    I dont have a bump stock, but have friends and relatives that do. And, 100% of the people that I refer to ,have never shot anyone, so I dont have a problem with the stock.. We need criminal control. Just because I dont use one, I do not have a problem with the legal use of these items.. Any right that we give up, will gladly be taken by the liberal hand wringing gun grabbers. The 2nd amendment is for all of us, we better stick together.

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  • BK

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    Fekkin’ shame, that’s all. And how many people will be out of work because of this?
    Idiots!

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  • Donnie

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    If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. I stand for true Americans who believe in the Constitution word for word, I took an oath to defend it with my life and on this I stand.

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  • Steve

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    We need a lot more chlorine in the gene pool of today’s America.
    The government is trying to control everything that companies do to protect STUPID, enough is enough.

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  • Carl

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    We’re drowning in morons.
    No kidding

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  • Ozzy

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    Today’s mentality is : Even if you own a gun legally you are a deranged killer period

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  • j

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    22 yrs in the army and now retired I have been in all corners of this world and there is one thing in common in all the communist leaning countries and that is they all count themselves as Progressives CODE for straight out communists! It now seems every corner of our institutions are infiltrated with them 1st on the list is take away your way to defend against them second take away you voice and last but not least they will divide and conquer . welcome to the USA Comrades

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  • Buddy

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    Remember this was Trumps idea. He and the NRA seem to love stabbing people in the back.

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