Saturday, March 10, 2018

Speaking of Stinkin' Thinkin' and Stinkin' Laws...

The US DOJ today submitted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to classify bump stocks as machine guns and illegal under the NFA of 1934.
Today the Department of Justice submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act includes bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.

"President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices.”
As I said yesterday, to the best of my knowledge, ONE crime in the history of the world was committed with a bump stock, but I'm not 100% sure that's even true.  The Las Vega shooting investigation has shut up tighter than a sealed drum, and all I've seen is reports the shooter had bump stocks in his room.  Since no one witnessed the shooting, I don't think it's necessarily a conclusion that he used them.

The Trump/Sessions DOJ seems to be following the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, so there will be a period to comment on the proposal, then probably a period of replies to proposals, and finally the issuance of the regulation.  That all appears to be a "done deal", but it sets a timeline of perhaps 180 days over which I expect a lot of people will buy bump stocks so that they can have them when the price goes up. 

With one crime in all of history involving a bump stock, call it statistically impossible to show that this ban does anything, except that I suspect the biggest impact of this law will be to drive Slide Fire out of business.

Slide Fire AR-10 Bump Stock, the SBS-308.


  1. Curious about that Vegas shooting, isn't it? As Holmes would have put it, "what about the dog barking in the night?"

    There is a reason they have shut that case tight, and the reason, although the specifics are unknown, is because if the truth were known, Top Men would be in the deep doo-doo. Something in the narrative failed, big time, and they are waiting for it to be old ,old news before anything is revealed.

  2. I have seen a couple of videos that show the "slide-fire" effect using only a rubber band.

    So are rubber bands to be banned as well?

    I have also seen a man (with practice) simulate the "slide-fire" effect using just his finger. So will fingers be outlawed? Perhaps we should register our evil fingers with the ATF?

    Or perhaps someone somewhere will tell these silly mama boys (and gals) to grow up and start acting like adults rather than scared little children.

    MSG Grumpy

  3. OK Republicans - start flying those American Flags if you want to win some elections!

    ps. would you consider adding CC to your blogroll?

  4. I couldn't care less about the "slide fire" it was always a toy. The Los Vegas shooting is more interesting. I have listened to about 20 different audio's from as many different locations. What I hear is multiple .30 cal. belt feds, firing from different ranges. What I see are people being herded into pre-planed, illuminated fields of fire. Who did it and why is---your guess is as good as mine.--Ray

  5. Have you seen the exact language of the proposed rule? I haven't yet found it; the notice you link to is essentially a press release.
    I am curious how many devices will be covered by the proposed rule and how they will defend it legally, since the definition of a machine gun is pretty clear under federal law, and a bump stock doesn't violate it.
    I'm concerned that the language will be as broad as some anti-gun people have proposed and allow for banning other modifications under the guise of increasing the weapons rate of fire.

    1. I haven't, but I share your concern that they'll outlaw things like replacement triggers, or even trigger jobs. It's pointless to speculate, but when the NPRM gets formalized, I'll need to post a link.