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GOA Submit Comments To ATF On Bump Stocks

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The Trump administration’s plan to categorize bump stocks as machine guns isn’t popular in some circles. I’ve been critical of it myself, especially because of the fact that the law was clear on what was considered a machine gun and a bump stock isn’t even close to that definition.

The Gun Owners of America have been battling this reclassification from the getgo.

Yesterday, the released a statement regarding their comment to the ATF regarding this.

GOA, GOF Submit Comments to ATF on Bump Stocks

Springfield, VA – Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its legal Foundation, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), have submitted comments to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in opposition to any ban or regulation on bump stocks.

GOA’s comments can be read here, and GOF’s comments can be read here. Both letters emphasize the dangers of regulating bump stocks, and how these regulations can be applied to semi-automatics by future anti-gun Presidents.

GOA also encourages Second Amendment supporters to submit their own comments, which can be done, with GOA’s suggested text, here: gunowners.me/SpeakUpNow

The ATF is accepting comments on regulations on bump stocks until June 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.

“Gun Owners of America remains vigorously opposed to any ban or regulation on bump stocks,” Erich Pratt, executive director of GOA said. “These proposed regulations set an ominous precedent for future anti-gun presidents to abuse.”

If there is going to be a ban, it needs to go through the legislative channels. The legal definition of a machine gun is that the weapon can fire more than one round with a single pull of the trigger. A bump stock doesn’t apply because it merely speeds up how fast you can pull the trigger. It doesn’t count as a machine gun.

For those wanting to ban bump stocks, the right way to do it is through the legislative process. It would create a new law that would cover bump stocks and make them illegal regardless of any mangling interpretation of current law.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I oppose that as well.

The fact is that banning bump stocks won’t stop another Las Vegas from happening. The same effect can be created with things as benign as a rubber band. Only a fool would think that banning a single item–one that’s no longer manufactured, I might add–would prevent anything when there are other ways to fire in the same manner.

Oddly enough, the people who should be most alarmed by this measure are those who oppose bump stocks.

After all, regulation through fiat may make such stocks illegal today, but it can easily be undone by future administrations with a stroke of the pen and little fanfare. Laws, on the other hand, are a lot harder to repeal from within the shadows. Anti-bump stock activists should be clamoring for actual law, not regulation.

But, then again, they’re convinced that history has a right side and a wrong side and the right side is whatever they want. Because of that, they can’t imagine their people ever losing again.

Which is hilarious.

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