This is not the first time the ATF has tried to ban bump stocks. They have tried to do so several times, but now they’re trying yet again at the insistence of President Trump, who thinks bump stocks are a bad idea. Not only is banning bump stocks an infringement on the 2nd Amendment, using executive power or the ATF to ban bump stocks violates the balance of power in Washington.
The ATF can’t ban bump stocks
We’ve talked about this before, but the ATF can’t ban bump stocks with how the laws currently stand. Such a change would be an abuse of power.
Not only can the ATF not ban bump stocks, but you don’t even need bump stocks to bump fire. A bump stock ban is a very pointless, feel good ban that doesn’t fix anything and infringes on the constitution.
A bump stock ban is the slippery slope
No, that isn’t fearmongering. A bump stock ban is the slippery slope the anti-gun movement wants and has stated several times. A bump stock ban is a gatway to banning the next thing, and the next, and the next.
“When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile.”
-Delany Tarr, during a March for Our Lives speech
“They’re going to say, ‘You give them bump stock, it’s going to be a slippery slope.’ I certainly hope so.”
-Nancy Pelosi, during a news conference
The goal of the anti-gun movement is to abolish the 2nd Amendment. They are working towards that goal one small step at a time.