The Trump administration has rolled out a new federal regulation on Tuesday which officially bans the ownership of bump-fire stocks. Bump stocks have been the focus of national attention of over a year, after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people in October of 2017.
Officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives had previously concluded bump stocks were merely a gun accessory or firearm part, not subject to federal regulation, but President Donald Trump called on the Justice Department to outlaw the devices soon after the tragedy, according to a report by CNN.
Those who currently possess the devices, which make firing rounds from a semi-automatic weapon faster by harnessing the gun’s recoil to “bump” the finger against the trigger, will have 90 days to turn in or otherwise destroy them from the date that the final rule is published in the federal register. That date will likely be this Friday according to senior DOJ officials.
DOJ officials said they took a look at bump-fire stocks and decided that they are allowed to dictate ownership of the devices. The “rule” made up by the government, concludes that bump-fire stocks, “slide-fire” devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics all fall within the prohibition on machine guns by allowing a “shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” and therefore, they are already illegal under federal law. So why does another law need to be written? Just to make sure the slaves stay in line and turn in the inanimate object seen as offensive by the masters.
Anyone who believes this is not just one more step toward criminalization of gun ownership is nothing more than a willing slave to political elites. As for how many gun owners will be affected by the new rule, officials explained it was difficult to provide precise figures, saying bump stocks “aren’t widespread, but they are not uncommon.” Owners don’t have to register their bump stocks either, so there is no way to know who has one. Could something like this lead to a door-to-door confiscation? It certainly begs the question.
This is one big step towards more tyranny. If you have ever wondered why liberty-loving people refused to vote in the last election, look no further than the banning of bump stocks and the tariffs (taxes) for your answer. Neither is giving you or anyone else any freedom.
Trump has been a long time advocate of gun control. We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. Freedom is always more important than party lines.