As we reported, Adam Kraut and the Firearms Policy Coalition have filed suit challenging the Trump bump stock ban. But they’re not alone. I have been in contact with Erich Pratt and Gun Owners of America over these past months and they will be joining the fight against President Trump’s violation of the Second Amendment.
GOA stated the following;
The new ATF regulations would define bump stocks as “machineguns” — and, down the road, that new definition could implicate the right to own AR-15’s and many other semi-automatic firearms. ATF’s new bump stock regulation clearly violates federal law, as bump stocks do not qualify as machineguns under the federal statute. Moreover, bump stocks, which have been in circulation for many years, have repeatedly been ruled by ATF as lawful to own. This ban was imposed through regulations because Congress has repeatedly refused to amend the law to ban them. But the ATF has no authority to radically “re-interpret” a statute that is clear and unambiguous. To do so would allow agency regulations to overturn the clear provisions of statutory law.
Another problem with the regulation is that it is overly broad and could later be relied on to ban semi-automatic firearms in the process of trying to ban “bump stocks.” The ATF has previously said that “[Bump stocks] convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun…”
But hold on a minute. If the AR-15 becomes a “machinegun” — or even if it is readily convertible into a “machinegun” — then AR-15’s could eventually become illegal as well. Think the ATF wouldn’t use this regulation to summarily outlaw semi-automatics? Maybe not right now. But you can bet that the first anti-gun Democratic president to win the White House will order the ATF to do so.
I can say this as a NRA Life Member. I back any and all gun rights organizations that will take up this fight. GOA has my support (both physically and financially) as does Adam Kraut and the Firearms Policy Coalition. I hope more will come on board as well. Another friend of mine, Stephen Stamboulieh, the man behind a few prominent cases such as Hawaii’s open carry lawsuit, Young v. Hawaii. Is also planning and strategizing his fight against this violation of the Second Amendment.
So I ask you, fellow gun owners and law abiding People of the Gun, to support those who are taking the fight to the ATF and DOJ and, more importantly, join the fight.