President Trump’s proposed regulation to make the possession of bump stock illegal is currently open for comment.
Doing so, Gun Owners of America argues, “would turn 500,000 gun owners into felons. And the regulations would arguably do the same for the millions of Americans who own semi-automatic rifles.”
A a bump fire stock, is when the trigger (red) is toggled by the stable trigger finger when the receiver moves forward and is reset when the receiver moves back due to recoil.
The new regulation would define bump stocks as “machine guns.” Under the Hughes Amendment (18 U.S.C. 922(o)), every “machine gun” manufactured after May, 1986, is banned for civilian use with no grandfather clause and no grace period. Under 26 U.S.C. 5845(b) any firearm that can be “readily restored” or “converted” to fire automatically is considered a “machine gun.”
Owning a bump stock would result in a $250,000 fine and ten years in prison.
Michael Hammond, GOA Legislative Counsel, argues, even former President Bill Clinton’s “semi-automatic ban — as odious as it was — didn’t criminalize pre-existing semi-automatic owners.”
The bump stock regulation could also affect AR-15 owners– creating an even bigger gun grab in the future. If the proposed regulations erroneously categorize AR-15/bump stock fire to be “automatic fire,” then any future anti-gun administration could easily classify AR-15s as full automatics under those circumstances.
Like the machine gun regulation, there would be no grace period or grandfather clause for post-1986 semi-automatic rifles that classify as bump stocks.
President Trump’s proposed bump stock regulation could turn between 500,000 and 20,000,000 law-abiding gun owners into felons overnight.
And by the way, where is Donald Trump Jr. on this? He’s an avid hunter and knows all about guns. Why isn’t he explaining to his father the erroneous thinking behind this regulation?
Is the gun he is shooting int he video below a machine gun?