Michael Bouchard (above) is mad as hell at the NRA, or as his letter to Congress calls them “some [who] attempt to cast blame on ATF for not banning devices like the ‘bump slide’ used in the Las Vegas shootings.” The ATF’s former Director of Field Operations and current head of the Association for Former/retired ATF Personnel (ATFA) wants legislators to know “the law is very clear and does not currently allow the ATF to regulate such accessories.” True! Also true . . .
” . . . the ATF cannot change the law to add new accessories that do not fall within the scope of the existing law.”
Mr. Bouchard’s letter reflects his former agency’s as-yet-unspoken refusal to bend to the NRA’s will to regulate bump fire stocks off the mass market. The highly pensioned ATF Agent has a proposal for politicians desperate to “do something” about bump fire stocks in the wake of the mass shooting in Sin City.
Mr Bouchard reckons Congress should consider “adding a new category to the National Firearms Act of 1934, allowing for the regulation of ‘multi-burst trigger activators.'”
Mr. Bouchard reckons bump fire stocks answer to that description, and fingers RockinLock.com (image above) and rapidfiretriggers.net (video above) as websites selling other “multi-burst trigger activators” that should join bump fire stocks in NFA development hell.
Mr. Bouchard ends his Congressional missive by taking a final shot at the NRA — an organization whose current head once [rightly] labelled ATF Agents “jack booted thugs.”
“We also hope you will not allow the honorable employees of ATF, who followed existing law in their bump stock ruling, to be falsely accused of not doing their job by those who seek to exploit their position for political gain.”
Mr. Bouchard’s letter highlights the can of worms the NRA opened by decided to kill bump fire legislation by naming, blaming and shaming the ATF. Mark my words: this one’s gonna get nasty.