A federal ban on bump stocks, that was issued by the US Justice Department in December, goes into effect Tuesday. A bump stock is an attachment that’s allows semi-automatic rifles to shoot continuously with only one pull of the trigger.
The Justice Department says that bump stocks allow “the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.”
However, in 2010, the FDA labeled them as merely accessories.
Bump stocks became a hot button issue after the October 2017 massacre in Las Vegas. The shooter used rifles with bump stocks in the attack.
Numerous groups challenged the ban, but they were unsuccessful. The Justice Department was sued by advocacy groups, appeals were made to the Supreme Court, and gun owners argued for a stay in the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Who Will Be Impacted by the Ban?
Owners, of course, will be impacted, but so will sellers and manufacturers.
In 2010, there were seven manufacturers of bump stocks, but, as of late 2018, there was only one. Two manufacturers ceased making the attachments when the ban was proposed because they could no longer obtain insurance.
The company that created bump stocks, Slide Fire Solutions, shut down it’s online store in June.
Owners of bump stocks must destroy them or turn them into an ATF field office. If a person is found in possession of one, they may face fines and up to 10 years in prison.