Skip to comments.Breaking: DOJ Reclassifies Bump Fire Stocks as Machine Guns
Posted on 03/10/2018 12:47:25 PM PST by Simon Green
In the post-Parkland hysteria, President Trump directed the Department of Justice to perform some regulatory legerdemain where bump fire stocks are concerned. The ATF had long ago passed on the stocks, deeming them perfectly legal accessories for semi-automatic rifles. Now, in a Saturday morning move apparently meant to fly under the radar . . .
The U.S. Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation on Saturday to ban bump stocks, a modification to high-capacity rifles that lets them fire like an automatic weapon.
President Donald Trump signed a memorandum in February directing the department to make the regulatory change, which must now be approved by the Office of Management and Budget before it is published and subject to a commentary period.
Nothing to worry about though that will never get through Congress! Au contraire, mon frere.
The move does not require congressional approval, allowing the administration to side-step what could have been insurmountable pressure from pro-gun groups such as the National Rifle Association that have worked to erode changes in firearm laws in the wake of mass shootings in Florida and Nevada.
Its no biggie, though. Really, now many people own, or even want a bump fire stock? This wont affect me!
Think again. If the DOJ can use regulatory fiat to bring their ban hammer down on bump fire stocks, magically deeming them machine guns, whats to stop this or, more likely, some future administration from deciding that high-capacity 30-round magazines are also unacceptable modifications that facilitate unnecessary rates of fire? Or lighter, drop-in triggers? Anything that could plausibly be argued to increase a guns standard rate of fire.
The NRA was on board with regulating bump fire stocks in theory, but hadnt signed on to this particular move. This sets a terrible regulatory precedent that will almost surely be expanded and abused again down the road. Will the NRA sue? Will SAF or the GOA?
We havent been able to get our mitts on the new DOJ regulatory language yet, but will publish it when its available. Stay tuned.
Here we go again. Panic time.
Semi-automatics can fire like automatics without a bump stock, so... yeah, what’s next, Jeff? Hmm?
Its a feel good thing.
I don’t feel good about it, that’s for sure.
It’s worst than that though. This is the kind of b.s. that makes things like Ruby Ridge and Waco. Not good.
Good job of shoring up the base.
I have a vote and I can choose not to use it.
It’s a little-known fact that the Attorney General works for the President. Sessions was instructed to do this by Donald Trump. He is the AG’s boss, thus he can (and does) order him to take certain actions. Just like he can order him to appoint a special counsel if he really wanted him to.
They’ll need to ban belt loops too.
I mean I feel super good and all, but it isn’t going to be long before they realize their error.
And then what?
I call BS.
Time to re-read “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross.
All good, but this...
Theyll need to ban belt loops too.
Rubber bands and this guy too...
Slide Fire stocks have no serial numbers and are plastic. Good luck tracking them.
“Semi-automatics can fire like automatics without a bump stock, so... yeah, whats next, Jeff?”
Apparently..at least so far..Jeff thinks giving criminals a heads up for police raids is perfectly legal so I guess the sky is the limit.
“I call BS”
It is right on the DOJ Web site:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Department of Justice Submits Notice of Proposed Regulation Banning Bump Stocks
Today the Department of Justice submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the definition of machinegun in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act includes bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.
“President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines machinegun to include bump stock type devices.
This submission is a formal requirement of the regulatory review process. Once approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice will seek to publish this notice as expeditiously as possible.
Dunno. Ask Trump.
“Theyll need to ban belt loops too.”
And fast fingers.
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