Does that just mean reciprocating stocks? Or does that also include trigger cranks, binary triggers, match-grade triggers, rubber bands, human fingers vis a vis Jerry Miculek? Answer: We’ll have to wait and see…
“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 in a press release.
“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,” Sessions continued.
The ATF via the DOJ is no longer just a regulatory agency. It appears now that it’s been promoted to a legislative body. Meaning it doesn’t need Congress to pass laws to prohibit lawfully owned property. It can do that on its own, especially when it has the public support of POTUS… Are you scared yet?
What’s crazy is that the ATF Association openly admitted that the agency did not have the power to regulate bump stocks. Congress would have to pass a law to restrict these devices because they are not, by definition, “machineguns” under the National Firearms Act.
“These accessories DO NOT cause the firearm to shoot more than one shot by the single function of a trigger pull,” said the association of former and current ATF agents in October.
“The notion that ATF chose not to regulate an item it had the authority to regulate is false,” it continued. “The law is very clear and it does not currently allow ATF to regulate such accessories.”
Except now — magically — it does have that authority. When the president says “Do it,” looks like the minions have to find a way to get it done even though they had, on two separate occasions, determined just the opposite, e.g. Bump stocks are not machineguns! They’re firearm parts!
You know, Obama was often accused of ruling by executive fiat. Remember when Barry was looking to ban “green tip” ammo? That “back-door bullet ban,” that the NRA warned us about. Remember the nation’s gun lobby blasting Obama for wielding his “royal scepter of stolen executive power” and resorting to a “guerrilla campaign to liquidate the Second Amendment”?
I do. It’s all right here in this article.
Reality check. How is what Team Trump is doing with bump stocks any different than what Obama was attempting to do with M855, 5.56 mm “green-tip” ammunition?
The answer is… Heck, it’s the same damn thing! Strong-arming bureaucrats to enact gun, ammo, or accessory bans is wrong regardless of who is occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!!! It sets a horribly dangerous precedent. This administration has just officially weaponized the pencil pushers at the ATF. And if you’re not scared now. You should be.