The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm, at the direction of President Trump, waived its regulatory magic wand and designated bump fire stocks as machine guns. That rendered hundreds of thousands of legally purchased firearm accessories illegal. The response: America’s gun owners seem to have raised a collective middle finger toward Washington.
The nationwide ban officially went into effect March 26. Since then, local law enforcement agencies are not seeing gun owners surrender their bump stock weapon attachments, even though it’s now a felony to own one. Officials from the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas and Wood county sheriff’s offices told The Blade they’re not aware of any bump stocks turned in to their offices.
And whether anyone in Michigan or Ohio has turned in a bump stock to federal law enforcement is unclear. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Ohio and Michigan are not recording numbers.