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)

  • Drifter22

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    F*%K the queen!! The way she got to be queen is because in the past their clan had the most weapons!!

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  • Gcazo

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    The auto club, Triple AAA, has data that shows 7 teens a day are killed for texting and driving. When is anyone going to push the age of owning a phone to 21. That’s 35 a week. I hear no outcry about those deaths.

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  • WacoJohn

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    One visit to YOUTUBE will show that a semi auto rifle can fire the same without a bump stock as with …. known as the belt loop technique.

    A lot of straight shooters say bump stocks are a joke … but that is immaterial. Banning bump stocks will NOT stop ‘rapid fire’ rifle shooting. Banning them has NO justification.

    WJ

    trying to take my gun will be the biggest mistake you can make.

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  • Von

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    Lets not forget, in fact let’s put this to the top of our list when it comes to anything NRA related. Like, their rating of candidates, their begging for more money so they can stay in Business and pay their executive big buck.

    THE NRA WANTED SLIDE FIRE ABOLISHED. THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”.

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  • Hide Behind

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    BLAME WHO?
    I am just as guilty as the gun grabbers, because I mostly sat on butt cleaning and firing my own weapons as others lost theirs.
    I joined rational ( well a couple radic malita who talked tough nut could not walk, paid out of pocket thousands of bucks to petition or generally a lie a day politico, took part in demonstrations armed open carry or unarmed, but where the hell were amd are the supposedly 10-20+ millions of othrr gun owners?
    Bribery is a cold hard master, they took your 2nd and gave you permits they limit your access to purchase but for once again the 2nd in exchange for permission.
    LOTS of gun owners have blinders, horse mule, oxen or other brute dumb working animals, and only gave a care for gun issies, and deliberately let those in government, military, police. And educational forces aid and abet the destruction of Constitution, the very thing the 2nd was meant to protect against.
    No the 2nd was mot supposed to just protect a wood and steel hun and it told us why I’m the first few words.
    SO my guilt is mine alone, and today there are no longer, in my eyes any Constitutional idealsleft l within US boundaries , other than like rest of sellouts a permit to defend my family and my own ass.
    To the ones who talk of being paid by gov for what they yake, everyday you are paid by them, you have their permission slips, and in case of LEOSZ and others select permission as loyalist yo them.

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  • art

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    I feel that these voted officials were put into office to be the voice of the majority mostly, however, these large decisions the affect so many of us in so many very important ways should be put to a vote for decision by the people and not the decision of the voted officials with their own agenda. I have never feared of losing a freedom, sport and right that I love so much as I do now. Just my 2c.

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  • L. A. Jones

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    Anti Gun zealots do not understand that they will no longer be able to speak out as they do now because the Second Amendment protects all of the rest of them. We (The Gun people) are not listening as we should, any
    thing that infringes on the Second Amendment is something we all should consider is a bad thing for us. If you care about your Guns open your ears and listen. It may be your Guns they come after.

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  • Sal LaCavera

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    If someone wants to kill a bunch of people they will find away. On 9/11 they used box cutter. Timothy Mcveigh used fertilizer and diesel fuel. London has no guns so people used knives to kill people now they want to take away knifes. I’m going to guess they might start using icepicks or screwdrivers next. In prison you can’t have a weapon but inmates find away to make something to stab someone or cut them. So banning something doesn’t stop someone from killing someone. All it does is make them use something else. I’m sure if someone took a little time they could make a homemade bump stock. In Illinois we have some towns banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The funny part is the towns doing it have no gun violence.

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  • Galpones Climber

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    While some of you make great points which I wholeheartedly support there are others that are far out of touch with reality. Take for instance the comment by joefoam above. He makes an attempt to politicize his view to blame one party over another. In his case he blames the left wing liberals with losing touch with reality. However, to argue his point it is the right wing is signing off on these ridiculous gun control measures.

    My point here is that it’s time to take our party blinders off and see that this is a full on assault of our constitutional rights from all angles; thus this is a non-partisan or bi-partisan effort if you will to strip is for our 2A rights.

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