TW 023 - Bump Stock Ban Summary

“Bump-fire stocks” have effectively been banned for average gun-owners. The Trump administration has “re-defined” these devices as machine guns and is giving American citizens 90 days to turn them in or destroy them or they will be felons!

One giant exemption exists: becoming an FFL!

In this podcast we talk about:

  • What bump-firing is

  • What a bump-stock is

  • What a machine gun is (was)

  • How this rule is NOT a law

  • What the rule means (what it does)

  • Loopholes around the rule


What the new rule does:

Changes the DOJ definition (not the actual law) of “single function of the trigger” to mean “a single pull of the trigger.”

  • Changes the definition of “automatically” to mean “as the result of a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through a single pull of the trigger.”

  • “Clarifies” the definition of machine guns to include “Bump-Stock_type Devices.”

  • Amends all the necessary regulations to match this new interpretation by DOJ

Summary from the language of the rule:

“The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to clarify that bump-stock-type devices-meaning “bump fire” stocks, slide-fire devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics-are “machineguns” as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 because such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.

Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.

Hence, a semiautomatic firearm to which a bump-stock-type device is attached is able to produce automatic fire with a single pull of the trigger.

With limited exceptions, the Gun Control Act, as amended, makes it unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun unless it was lawfully possessed prior to the effective date of the statute. The bump- stock-type devices covered by this final rule were not in existence prior to the effective date ofthe statute, and therefore will be prohibited when this rule becomes effective.

Consequently, under the final rule, current possessors of these devices will be required to destroy the devices or abandon them at an ATF office prior to the effective date of the rule.”

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