Skip to comments.ATF Association: Bump Stocks Do Not Convert Semiautomatics into Automatics
Posted on 10/18/2017 8:48:03 AM PDT by rktman
In a letter dated October 12, the ATF Association informed lawmakers that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) approved bump stocks because they do not turn a semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.
The letter contains explanations of basic points for lawmakerslike the fact that a semiautomatic only shoots one round each time the trigger is pulled and bump stocks to not change this basic action. And it also seeks to defend the integrity of the ATF by explaining that the body of laws governing machine guns has been in place since 1934 and that body of laws dictates when and how an accessory crosses the line into Class III territory.
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Most people think the opposite of Progress is Regress. Not so! The opposite of Progress is CONGRESS!
One could most probably accomplish the same thing with skilled holding without the “gunstock”, by pulling the gun away from the body with one hand, while stiffening the trigger hand and finger, allowing the recoil to do the work of reload.
Decision is exactly right. Bump stocks are a static monolithic mechanical part which only helps the user do something they can do without it - and which does nothing if the user does nothing in addition (besides pulling the trigger). It just helps the user pull the trigger again as a deliberate separate action.
This decision is also the ONLY decision the ATF can make on the subject. To rule the other way - to wit “bump stocks turn semi-auto rifles into full-auto” - would mean that all bump stocks would violate 922(o), making the ATF complicit in violation. The counter-decision would then go to the Supreme Court (to wit “y’all told me this was legal, but then changed your minds subjecting me to $250,000 fine + 10 years prison”), force the ‘86 ban under review, be declared unconstitutional, eviscerate all federal gun bans (to wit: certain categories are contraband), likely take down NFA law as well, and flood the pent-up market with machineguns. This is an outcome the Left, and even the swampy Right, _cannot_ risk.
Don’t get me wrong: I welcome the ATF coming to a different conclusion. The results would be so delightful they couldn’t possibly let it happen.
That’s exactly what “bump firing” is.
All the stock does is make it easier.
A rubber band works, too.
The rubber band trick works better and is cheaper.
This is exactly why we need universal background checks!
I don’t want any ‘progress”.
The total vapidity of the entire discussion is on display here. Murder is as illegal as it can be made.
Banning or regulating ANYTHING, will not make murder more illegal, or even noticeably more difficult.
Regulating firearms to prevent mass murder, is exactly the same as trying to prevent drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to drive.
It would seem that a full-automatic rifle of any kind would be notoriously less accurate than an aimed semi-automatic.
The action of the weapon would be to “climb” - successive firings would tend to force the end of the barrel UP, and would not fire in the point of the original aim.
If anybody just wants to throw lead into the air, in the off-chance that somebody then runs INTO the line of fire. well, that may a strategy, but it seems pretty wasteful.
In other news, the sky is blue.
A person could very easily fasten together two semi-auto rifles and make a hand crank that would turn that into a Gatling gun. Saw one years at a gun show made from two surplus SKS rifles. At the time, those rifles sold for less than $100. each.
Yeh the rubber band actually works well.
Even more ironically, the opposite of Progress is "Progressive"
Hat-tip to George Orwell. ;-)
A fact's a fact, Jack!