The day after Christmas, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives published an advanced notice of a proposed rule concerning bump stocks. This proposal follows the horrific October mass shooting in Las Vegas in which a gunman used bump stocks to simulate full automatic gunfire. He inflicted 600 casualties in just 10 minutes.
The rule being proposed by the ATF would classify bump stocks as machine guns under federal law. That means citizens would be unable to legally obtain bump stocks without going through a thorough licensing and registration process.
ATF is soliciting comments from the member of the public as part of their rule-making process. Specifically, the ATF has invited comments “on the costs or benefits of the proposal, and on the appropriate methodology and data for calculating those costs and benefits.”
Please take one or more of the following actions:
1) Click the following link and submit a comment to the ATF:
Click the green SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT button at the top right of the webpage to submit your comment via webform. [Note: Not all fields in the webform are required.]
You can use the following message as a template for your comment:
First, let me thank you for taking on the task of regulating bump stocks, which have no legitimate place in civilian commerce. This issue was the responsibility of the U.S. Congress to fix. I am sorry it has landed on the shoulders of your agency. But now that it has, it is critical to get it right. I think the cost of unregulated bump stocks (and other devices which allow semiautomatic firearms to simulate full automatic fire) will be more shootings like Las Vegas, in which single gunmen inflict massive numbers of casualties. We cannot allow that morally, or as a democracy. Please draft and finalize a rule that tightly regulates civilian ownership and purchase of bump stocks and similar devices that simulate full automatic fire (i.e., trigger cranks, Auto Glove, etc.). This should include, at a minimum, a licensing and registration process like the one we have for machine guns. For too long, the financial needs of the gun industry have trumped public safety. Let’s change that. If you do the right thing here, I will have the ATF’s back.
2) Share the comment link above on your social media feeds and encourage others to submit a comment.
Please note that comments MUST be submitted by January 25, 2018 or they will not be accepted!
Thank you for telling ATF that We The People want strong regulation of devices like bump stocks that allow semiautomatic weapons to simulate full auto fire.