The legality of an ATF rule banning bump stocks

There is an estimated 500,000 bump stocks in circulation, which were purchased legally.

While many gun owners feel that a bump stock ban (even reaching out and banning similar “rate of fire enhancers” such as trigger cranks and binary triggers) is low-hanging fruit when it comes to gun control, there is still a certain smack of incrementalism attached to it. Further, the vehicle for the looming federal ban (which will almost surely happen) is through a somewhat sketchy regulatory rule change by ATF, not an act of Congress, which gives even more heartburn to a lot of folks.

Like the FPC and their attorney allies, Joshua Prince and Adam Kraut. I’ve talked to the FPC guys extensively over the years and have met both Adam and Josh and they are all on top of their game. They recently got a 923-page comment (!) in on the proposed rulemaking that calls the whole unconstitutionally of the thing into question. Their point is that the devices fire once per each pull of the trigger, meeting federal law, and to add an asterisk to it after the fact isn’t really all that legal– and sets the stage for more asterisks.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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