Expert Analysis on Contradictions & Dangers in Proposed ‘Bump Stock’ Ban

Savage (center) with author and the late Mike Vanderboegh at Knob Creek Gun Range in 2008.

U.S.A. – -( A comment posted Tuesday to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ proposed “Bump-Stock Type Device” rule shows the administration’s intended action sets up conditions for a wider ban on semiautomatic firearms. Filed by firearms designer, expert witness and Historic Arms, LLC President  Len Savage, the response to the government’s mandated-by-law request for comments, is posted as four distinct “pdf” files.

Savage notes that so-called “bump stocks” owe their existence to the government ban on post-Hughes Amendment machineguns, and that “ALL semiautomatic firearms can be ‘bump fired’ regardless of any ‘bump-type-stock device’ installed or not.”

Shoe String Bump Fire

Who thinks the gun-grabbers won’t use that to further their goal of banning all such guns? And there’s another inconvenient truth that refutes their “commonsense gun safety” pretext.

“Put bluntly…devices make using the bump fire shooting technique safer for the shooter and those around the shooter,” Savage observes.

He also notes the Department of Justice specifically explained—in federal court — “why a bump-stock-type-device is NOT a machinegun: ‘Because of the manual, skill-based methods required to operate a bump-fire device…’”

“The [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking] scheme is fatally flawed,” Savage demonstrates. “The NPRM does not address several serious issues:

  1. The change in policy asks for a willing suspension of disbelief of basic science and physics.
  2. The change in policy will put ATF experts at risk of being impeached as expert witnesses.
  3. The summary of the NPRM is filled with demonstrably false or misleading statements that are disputed by DOJ’s own experts at ATF.”

Savage also questions compelling government interest with an observation raised in this column last month arising from an ATF Freedom of Information Act response.

“Just how many crimes are committed using ‘bump-stock-type devices’ anyway?” he asks, noting unanswered questions submitted to the government, and that reports on the Las Vegas shootings have not yet confirmed that devices found at the scene were used, and if so, how.

Also included with Savage’s filing is the federal court case where the government made many of the arguments now being contradicted by its proposed rule, as well as a copy of the Freedom of Information Act request filed on his behalf by attorney Stephen Stamboulieh.

Regulations.Gov will continue accepting comments to the proposed rulemaking until Jun 27 2018, at 11:59 PM ET.

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David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.