The ATF is looking to reclassify bump stocks as machine guns, even though they do not have the authority to do so.
The 2nd Amendment is under attack from a three letter government organization. Again. Still. Always… This time, the ATF is seeking to reclassify bump stocks as machine guns, which would ban them with no grandfathering and make anyone owning a bump stock a felon. Even though we know the ATF cannot currently ban bump stocks, they’re looking into it anyways.
The ATF is currently having an open comment period concerning bump stocks to seek out public opinion on whether they should be banned or not.
The Department of Justice 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 Department and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.
“But I don’t own or care about bump stocks”
This isn’t about bump stocks. This is about the Federal Government trying to go beyond its authority to enact what amounts to gun legislation without any involvement from the Legislative Branch of our government, completely bypassing due process.
We know bump stocks are incredibly impractical and the Las Vegas shooter could have done greater damage without one, and we also know that it is completely possible to bump fire without a bump stock and instead use a rubber band, belt loop, or even a stick. But the anti-gun movement still believes objects are responsible for violence, not people. Furthermore, only firearms are somehow responsible for mass casualties, even though items other than firearms have caused greater damage than firearms.
The anti-gun movement is pushing hard on the “death by a thousand paper cuts” strategy. It is important to oppose gun control at every turn.
When contacting the ATF about their proposed bump stock ban, be concise, polite, and don’t use swear words.
Don’t wait. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 2018.