Report: Trump To Issue Order Banning Bump Stocks

Now that the election is over, President Trump is reportedly ready to issue his long-promised ban on bump stocks.

You may remember that the president ordered then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” Trump added that he expected the regulations to be finalize soon. That was in February.

Now CNN is reporting that the moment of truth has finally arrived. In March, the Department of Justice submitted a proposed rule that would reinterpret an Obama-era regulatory interpretation that allowed the devices. In 2013, the assistant director of the ATF wrote to Congress that bump stocks were not subject to the Federal Firearms Act because they required “continuous multiple inputs (trigger pulls) by the user for each successive shot.”

Per CNN’s report, the ban will be announced within a few days. As part of the rule change, owners of bump stocks would be required to either turn in or discard their devices.

A senior DOJ official told CNN, “Bump stocks turn semiautomatic guns into illegal machine guns. This final rule sends a clear message: Illegal guns have no place in a law-and-order society, and we will continue to vigorously enforce the law to keep these illegal weapons off the street.”

Democrats support a bump stock ban but argue that an executive ban would be subject to legal challenges in the courts. Republicans typically oppose new gun controls, but many have urged the Justice Department to enact a bureaucratic ban, arguing that bump stocks are a gun accessory that is not protected by the Second Amendment.

Shockingly, even the National Rifle Association has called for increased regulation of the devices. In a statement released after the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, the NRA said, “Devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.” The Las Vegas massacre appears to be the only crime of note that has been committed with a bump stock.

Along with the obvious questions of what the Administration hopes to gain by banning a device that has almost no history of use in violent crimes and whether it is constitutional for a president to unilaterally decide to reinterpret existing law to accomplish his dubious policy goal, another question should haunt Second Amendment activists as they prepare to bid their bump stocks goodbye:

Isn’t ammunition also a firearms accessory?

Originally published Nov. 29, 2018

NRA’s Shocking Betrayal Will Lead to All Guns Being Banned

If you call the NRA at 1-877-NRA-2000, their menu has changed: “if you’re calling from Slide Fire, maker of the “bump-stock” device, press 6 to go directly to hell.”

Normally, we can count on the NRA to uphold values and critical-thinking, and to not back up for political purposes. But not this time.

Slide Fire invented and patented the “bump-stock.” They went through the technical and legal procedure for ATF approval. The ATF determined that the “bump-stock” had no moving parts and no mechanical actions on its own, and therefore was not regulated under existing firearms laws. This was in 2010.

The company sold a bunch of the devices. Stephen Paddock used them to do a terrible deed. Now the gun grabbers want to sacrifice Slide Fire to the gods of “pay for the sins of others.” And the NRA is right there to hold the torches.

This is frankly an unbelievable betrayal by the NRA.

I’m not talking specifically about the “bump-stock” here. That device, used as the video shows, increases the rate of fire of an AR-15 to a level faster than most shooters can pull the trigger on their own (but not so implausible that someone couldn’t match that rate of fire without the device). It could even be reasonable to assume that the “bump-stock” was made primarily for that purpose, and therefore we might rethink if retailers want to sell it.

Cabela’s has already pulled them from shelves. I would expect other retailers will follow. I get that. It’s bad publicity.

But what the NRA has done is to back the government going back seven years and reviewing a device and the legal opinion it gave because someone who bought it did a terrible thing. Do they realize the precedent they are setting?

Does the NRA realize that they’ve opened the door for every AR-15 design, and manufacturer like Daniel Defense, to get the same treatment once this happens? Do they realize that any gun used in any crime will now be subject to retroactive review and potential loss of business?

Do they realize that, with this one action, they’ve potentially given the left the thread to pull to destroy the gun industry in America? Kiss goodbye to $11 billion dollars and 35,000 jobs.

If the “bump-stock” and its maker Slide Fire, are to be sacrificed to the gods of political expedience, who’s next?

And one final note, from this piece in NOQ Report, “Bump stocks, belt loops and slippery slopes“:

In looking over the original patent US # 8,127,658 B1 for the device one finds a very interesting point about this story. The background section of the patent mentions the various techniques and devices to ‘increase the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons’. One of these being the techniques of “Bump firing” and the use of the “Belt loop”method, whereby one merely places the weapon next to their hip and hooks one finger through both the trigger mechanism and belt loop of their clothing. The opposite hand is placed on the hand guard, when the firearm is pushed forward the trigger is a activated by the finger to discharge a round. The recoil the pushes the firearm back, resetting the trigger so that when the firearm is pushed forward once again it fires another round. The point is that one does not need a ‘Bump Stock’ to mimic the select fire function, only a belt loop.

The author observed dryly: “Are we to ban these as well?”

No. They’ll be satisfied if they can ban the trigger, or the housing, or the lower, or the magazine, or the firing pin, or the barrel. Or just the whole gun. The NRA has really messed up this time.

Guess who approved the ‘bump stock’? That’s right, Obama’s ATF

Liberals are all enraged that Stephen Paddock could transform two AR-15s into “machine guns” using a simple “bump stock” device. Now they know who to blame.

First of all, the “bump stock” does not convert an AR-15 into a machine gun. A machine gun will fire as long as the trigger is depressed. Even the military M16 does not have full-automatic mode (and hasn’t since Vietnam). The M16A2 fires a three-round burst based on a selector switch position (where the safety switch is on the AR-15). One trigger pull fires three rounds.

The “bump stock” requires constant pressure on the trigger cover of the device, and considerable pressure in the non-trigger hand on the rifle stock. The device uses the shooter’s shoulder as a recoil to slide the trigger cover back and forth, depressing the trigger once for each shot, which is what semi-automatic firearms do. But with the “bump stock,’ the AR-15 can achieve rapid rates of fire with some practice (and a sore shoulder).

A company named Slide Fire invented the “bump stock.” Here’s their video showing how it works.

Slide Fire submitted their invention, along with its patent, to the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, for testing and approval. The ATF responded in June 2010.

The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed. In order to use the installed device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand. Accordingly, we find that the “bump-stock” is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or National Firearm Act.

You can read the letter here.

What does that mean? It means that gun laws don’t stop people from converting AR-15s into rapid-fire weapons. Because most gun laws are based on feeling (“it looks scary!”) and emotion. It also means that when Congress attempts to ban the “bump stock,” they’ll have a hard time figuring out what they’re banning.

In fact, the “bump stock” could be classified as an assistance device for disabled people–they’d be banning something under the ADA and violating the Second Amendment rights of thousands of disabled people who have lost hands or mobility in their fingers. Nothing about the “bump stock” says it has to be used as a rapid fire device. That’s just a side effect (along with a sore shoulder).

Next, liberals will want to ban fingers that can press the trigger too fast–or just ban fingers altogether.