Earlier today, we reported that Gunbroker had removed bump fire stocks from their listings. The internet’s largest firearms auction site has since rescinded the ban. Confirmation comes in the form of an email sent to one of our readers (below). Gunbroker’s missive warns sellers they may fall afoul of the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act. Uh, what?
According to wikipedia.org, the PLCAA “protects firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products.” Unless a gunbroker.com bump fire seller is a firearms manufacturer or dealer, the PLCAA has nothing to do with them whatsoever.
Anyway, here’s the email . . .
From: “GunBroker.com Customer Service” <email@example.com>
Date: October 7, 2017 at 11:02 PM
Subject: A message from GunBroker.com
As the public face of internet gun sales, GunBroker.com works closely with the NRA, NSSF, and other industry organizations on matters of public policy. Initial reaction from the industry was that support of bump stocks was PR disaster. However, the industry and NRA have softened their stance and asked regulators and Congress to make a decision as to whether or not these items are legal. As a result we have changed our position to allow the items to be sold as long as they are sold in full compliance with state and local laws.
As a seller you should be aware that bump stocks / slide stocks are not firearms and are almost certainly not protected by the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act (PLCAA). This means that if you choose to sell these items and get sued over their use or misuse, you will not have the PLCAA to protect you.
Be aware that bump stocks / slide stocks may not be legal in every state and we have not been able to fully assess what jurisdictions in which they may be outlawed. It would be wise to research the local in state laws into which you intend to ship these items to avoid entering into an illegal transaction.
The Management of GunBroker.com