Last call for bump stocks!
Slide Fire Solutions announced this week that the company will be shutting down its operations next month. If you were thinking about purchasing a reciprocating stock now is the time!
“On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CDT, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website,” said the Texas-based company on its website. “Orders placed prior to May 20th, 2018 will all be processed and shipped. We thank you for your support.”
Of course, if you purchase a bump stock you run the risk of becoming an outlaw. President Trump via the Dept. of Justice has decided to criminalize the possession of these range toys. While this retroactive ban hasn’t rolled out just yet, the agency is still taking public comments on what’s officially known as the “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” (NPRM) there is little evidence to suggest that it won’t take effect in the near future.
What this means is that if you buy a bump stock or currently own a bump stock, you’ll have two options. First, comply with the new law, and either turn over or destroy the accessory. Which means if you buy one and you plan on going with this option, you’re throwing money out the window. Because you’ll only be allowed to lawfully possess it for a few short months before you have to surrender it. Which brings us to option two…
Refuse to comply with the law, and run the risk of being thrown behind bars for up to 10 years for violating federal law which bans the possession of “machine guns.” (Yes, I’m aware that one can still lawfully own certain NFA-compliant machine guns built prior to 1986. Bump stocks don’t qualify for that exemption for obvious reasons, they were invented circia 2010.) Is it worth jeopardizing your freedom and your right to keep and bear arms for a novelty?
Anyways, Jeff Sessions made underscored this dilemma in a statement released last month.
“If the NPRM is made final, bump-stock-type devices would be effectively banned under federal law and current possessors of bump-stock-type devices would be required to surrender, destroy, or otherwise render the devices permanently inoperable,” said the attorney general.
Slide Fire wouldn’t be closing its doors if it thought that it had a chance to survive the NPRM. It’s game over. Naturally, anti-gunners rejoiced because, well, they are utterly clueless.
See while bump stocks make it easy to bump fire, they are not required to do so. Individuals can still bump fire — or harness the recoil energy to facilitate the continuous operation of a long gun after a single pull of the trigger — with common household items. Banning bump stocks does not preclude people from simulating full auto on their semiautomatic firearms.
In other words, the ban accomplished nada. Except for putting a reputable company out of business. And putting hundreds of thousands of bump stock owners in the crosshairs of the ATF. I guess maybe that is a win-win for gun grabbers.
“Bump stocks should not be available for sale to the general public, and they should never have been allowed to be sold,” said Avery Gardiner, the co-president of the Brady Center, in an interview with the Miami Herald.
The Brady Center sued Slide Fire following the mass killing in Las Vegas, alleging that the company “provided a product that turned a semi-automatic gun into the functional equivalent of a machine gun, thereby evading longstanding federal law.”
“I’m sure in the lawsuit, we’ll learn more about their announcement about closing their website and what they plan to do with their assets, including their patent,” said Gardiner. “This sure seems to be a positive development.”