A handful of Second Amendment rights activists have filed a 923-page opposition to the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — better known as the ATF — in regards to the agency’s move to ban “bump-stock” firearm modifications.
Bump stocks, devices which are fixed to semi-automatic weapons to allow the user to pull the trigger more quickly, fell into the spotlight in the wake of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas earlier this year. While little has been revealed about the now deceased shooter’s motivations, or how he was able to coordinate the attack so effectively, media talking heads zeroed in on his use of bump-stocks to make his rifles more deadly.
Since then, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and even President Donald Trump have signed off on banning bump stocks from use. Many firearms experts have pointed out that the stocks themselves are relatively easy to make yourself, meaning the ban would be essentially useless, but bureaucrats have moved forward anyway.
This was one of the many points made in the lengthy report, which was filed to the ATF by attorneys Joshua Prince and Adam Kraut of Firearms Industry Consulting Group. The lawyers argued that, in addition the proposed ban having little to no effect on reducing gun violence or the capacity of criminals to commit crimes, the ban itself was constitutionally offensive.
“It is beyond outrageous that ATF has purposely misled the public on the function of bump-stock-devices,” Prince said. “Even setting aside the constitutional concerns, there are a plethora of issues that preclude ATF from moving forward with its bump-stock proposal. ATF is unlawfully attempting to usurp the Congress’ power by modifying a definition codified in the tax code by Congress and is attempting to retroactively apply this definition, which is precluded by federal tax laws designed to prevent this kind of action by the Government.”
These activists are not alone in making this argument. As the video below demonstrates perfectly well, you don’t exactly need a bump stock to make a semi-automatic weapon fire more quickly. Watch below: