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Breaking: DOJ Reclassifies Bump Fire Stocks as Machine Guns
The Truth About Guns ^ | 03/10/18 | Dan Zimmerman

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.

It’s no biggie, though. Really, now many people own, or even want a bump fire stock? This won’t 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, what’s 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 gun’s “standard” rate of fire.

The NRA was on board with regulating bump fire stocks in theory, but hadn’t 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 haven’t been able to get our mitts on the new DOJ regulatory language yet, but will publish it when it’s available. Stay tuned.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 4dchess; badpolicy; banglist; bloggers; boom; braking; bumpstocks; doj; triplechess; trump; trumpbanglist
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1 posted on 03/10/2018 12:47:25 PM PST by Simon Green
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To: Simon Green

Here we go again. Panic time.


2 posted on 03/10/2018 12:48:35 PM PST by guido911 (all)
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To: Simon Green

Semi-automatics can fire like automatics without a bump stock, so... yeah, what’s next, Jeff? Hmm?


3 posted on 03/10/2018 12:50:28 PM PST by chris37 (Laws don’t prevent criminals from committing crimes. Guns prevent criminals from committing crimes.)
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To: chris37

Its a feel good thing.


4 posted on 03/10/2018 12:51:09 PM PST by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marilyn vos Savant)
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To: dynoman

I don’t feel good about it, that’s for sure.


5 posted on 03/10/2018 12:52:49 PM PST by Nextrush (Freedom is everybody's business: Remember Pastor Niemoller)
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To: dynoman

It’s worst than that though. This is the kind of b.s. that makes things like Ruby Ridge and Waco. Not good.


6 posted on 03/10/2018 12:55:17 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: Simon Green

Good job of shoring up the base.

I have a vote and I can choose not to use it.


7 posted on 03/10/2018 1:06:18 PM PST by Dacula
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To: chris37

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.


8 posted on 03/10/2018 1:06:56 PM PST by Freedomlibertyjustice (Trust Trump/Sessions)
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To: Simon Green

They’ll need to ban belt loops too.


9 posted on 03/10/2018 1:08:40 PM PST by headstamp 2 (My "White Privilege" is my work ethic.)
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To: dynoman

I mean I feel super good and all, but it isn’t going to be long before they realize their error.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIC8SMttjjo

And then what?


10 posted on 03/10/2018 1:10:38 PM PST by chris37 (Laws don’t prevent criminals from committing crimes. Guns prevent criminals from committing crimes.)
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To: Simon Green

I call BS.


11 posted on 03/10/2018 1:10:40 PM PST by Safetgiver (Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Simon Green

Time to re-read “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross.


12 posted on 03/10/2018 1:11:15 PM PST by kickstart ("A gun is a tool. It is only as good or as bad as the man who uses it" . Alan Ladd in 'Shane')
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To: Freedomlibertyjustice

All good, but this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIC8SMttjjo


13 posted on 03/10/2018 1:11:43 PM PST by chris37 (Laws don’t prevent criminals from committing crimes. Guns prevent criminals from committing crimes.)
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To: headstamp 2

They’ll need to ban belt loops too.

Rubber bands and this guy too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzHG-ibZaKM


14 posted on 03/10/2018 1:13:08 PM PST by GraceG ("It's better to have all the Right Enemies, than it is to have all the Wrong Friends.")
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To: Simon Green

Slide Fire stocks have no serial numbers and are plastic. Good luck tracking them.


15 posted on 03/10/2018 1:14:49 PM PST by Bell407Pilot
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To: chris37

“Semi-automatics can fire like automatics without a bump stock, so... yeah, what’s 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.


16 posted on 03/10/2018 1:15:22 PM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Safetgiver

“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.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-submits-notice-proposed-regulation-banning-bump-stocks


17 posted on 03/10/2018 1:15:22 PM PST by corlorde
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To: chris37
Semi-automatics can fire like automatics without a bump stock, so... yeah, what’s next, Jeff? Hmm?

Dunno. Ask Trump.

18 posted on 03/10/2018 1:15:44 PM PST by plain talk
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To: headstamp 2

“They’ll need to ban belt loops too.”

And fast fingers.


19 posted on 03/10/2018 1:16:47 PM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Simon Green
Machine gun:


20 posted on 03/10/2018 1:17:46 PM PST by Drew68
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