Bumpstocks have been on the hit list for some time now. Not because they are intrinsically dangerous in the hands of hundreds of thousands of gun owners, but because one miscreant, a murderer, decided to use one in a horrific crime. Politicians and anti gunners, as usual, have decided to blame the implement and not the criminal. As a result, under the direction of President trump, the Department of Justice has reclassified bump stocks as machine guns. The ruling becomes official when it is placed on the Federal Register, likely this Friday, December 21, 2018. At that time, it will kick off a 90-day clock to either destroy or surrender your scapegoat bumpstock.
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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.”
Judicial Watch, the Washington, DC-based watchdog group, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) seeking records of communications inside the agency when it was considering reclassifying certain types of AR-15 ammunition as armor-piercing—and effectively banning it from civilian use.
In an 11-page white paper labeled “not for public distribution,” but which has been obtained by The Shooter’s Log and Texas & U.S. Law Shield, Ronald B. Turk associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, outlines several steps the agency could take to remove many restrictions on gun regulations in the United States. Texas Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Michele Byington walks U.S. Law Shield News Host Sam Malone through the proposals.
Law Professor Jonathan H. Adler has written that President Obama’s recently announced executive actions will likely have no effect on gun laws. Read the analysis to understand the legal ramifications and the author’s reasoning to assess your potential liabilities or assuage your fears.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) received more than 310,000 comments from the public on the agency’s failed attempt to ban a popular form of ammunition used in AR-15 rifles, according to an article in the Washington Free Beacon.
Breaking News: BATFE announces the resignation of Director B. Todd Jones effective March 31. The agency does not reveal his reasons why. Will the new acting director be any better? Read the ATF’s announcement and our analysis in this post.
Yesterday afternoon, the ATF Tweeted it will wait to make a final decision on its purposed M855 ammo ban, claiming the bureau needs “more study” on the armor-piercing ammo exemptions. But, there are millions of gun owners and only 80,000 comments. Read this article to find out how you can have your voice heard at the ATF.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms retracted a published ban on M855 5.56 NATO and other ammunition that had appeared in electronic versions of the agency’s 2014 ATF Regulation Guide earlier this year.
According to reporting by Katie Pavlich, news editor at Townhall.com, BATF’s recent proposal to ban commonly used M855 “green tip” AR-15 ammunition under the guise of law-enforcement safety has apparently been in the works far longer than originally thought.