Attorneys for two gun rights organizations have filed a 923-page comment in opposition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive’s (ATF) proposed ban on bump fire stocks devices.
Firearms Industry Consulting Group lawyers, Joshua Prince and Adam Kraut, submitted the objection Wednesday on behalf of Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation. The comment posted includes 35 exhibits, and contains a video detailing the actual operation of a bump stock on a semi-automatic rifle.
ATF declared in 2010 that bump stocks are considered a firearm part and therefore not subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act or the Gun Control Act. ATF announced its decision in December 2017, however, to redefine the term “machinegun” following the shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and 851 injured.
Under the proposed definition, bump stocks would fall under the machine gun category and consequently the device would be heavily regulated.
President Donald Trump further issued a memorandum in February 2018 to Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing the Department of Justice to initiate a ban. (RELATED: Gun Rights Groups Oppose ATF Over Bump Stock Ban)
“ATF is unlawfully attempting to usurp the Congress’ power by modifying a definition codified in the tax code by Congress and is attempting to retroactively apply this definition, which is precluded by federal tax laws designed to prevent this kind of action by the Government,” said Prince.
The video shows that even with a bump stock, a rifle still shoots one shot with a single pull of the trigger. “As is clearly shown in the Bump Stock Analytical video, bump-stock-type devices are not ‘machineguns’ and do not convert a semi-automatic firearm into one,” Prince explains.
Firearms Industry Consulting Group reports that the opposition file was so large that it crashed the ATF’s eRulemaking Portal.
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