“House Speaker Paul D. Ryan backed away Wednesday from legislative action to ban ‘bump stocks,’ the device a mass shooter used in Las Vegas earlier this month to create machine-gun-like rapid fire from his legal semi automatic rifle, killing 58,” washingtonpost.com reports. “Instead, Ryan and many of his fellow House Republicans hope the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will act administratively to outlaw the devices, which the agency ruled legal in 2010.” Translation . . .
Ryan’s feeling the heat from NRA and, perhaps, The People of the Gun.
Ryan’s newfound support for the NRA’s solution — asking the ATF to reverse their previous, completely rational decision approving bump fire stocks — is only a less-bad option. If the ATF is free to interpret law, rather than follow it, the NRA and its supporters will have opened a proverbial Pandora’s box.
What other firearms accessories or parts could the frequently disgraced federal agency outlaw by regulatory fiat without following the rule of law? Competition triggers? Pistol braces? Drum magazines? Tracking Point’s targeting system?
Speaker Ryan doesn’t see it that way: “We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix, and then, frankly, we’d like to know how it happened in the first place.”
I gather that Rep. Ryan doesn’t read TTAG or use Google much. Anyway, our sources at the ATF say the Bureau is unlikely to reverse its previous ruling on bump fire stocks. Could that change with sufficient political pressure? Anything’s possible.
Including the possibility that your emails or calls could stop this whole bump fire ban thing dead in its tracks — despite the fact that a reported 79 percent of registered voters support the notion. No doubt the phones in Congress have started to light up in recent days as the bump-stock ban push has gained momentum. Expect that to only increase.