The country’s largest seller of bump-fire stocks has suspended sales of the device.
The one that is sold by http://www.slidefire.com is similar to the kind used in the Las Vegas massacre of almost 60 people Sunday night.
The Truth About Guns reports that it’s likely they have suspended sales because demand is outpacing supply, more than any moral or political consideration.
Lawmakers have already introduced legislation to ban bump-stocks. Anytime you ban a product, or try to, you immediately increase demand by the laws of economics.
The company is essentially racing against the clock before they’re legislated out of the “bump-stock” business. The American people are also racing against the clock if they are hoping to purchase one before the hammer comes down by Uncle Sam.
Bump-stocks allow a rifle’s natural recoil to assist the user in more quickly depressing the trigger, making it fire much quicker, akin to an automatic weapon. Granted, maintaining anything close to full-auto fire for a long period with a bump-stock is not an easy task.
But it’s not just banning of the sale of the device that has people worried. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill that would outlaw mere possession of a bump fire stock. If her bill makes it to the floor, don’t expect it to just restrict sales, but actual ownership.
What’s going to happen next? If this legislation passes – and with our spineless Republicans in the House and the Senate, this seems like a real possibility, would the feds demand that companies and manufacturers turn over their sales records so the feds can come knocking on your door to confiscate the soon-to-be-illegal piece of equipment?
As The Truth About Guns asks, would the feds abide by the Fifth Amendment’s “takings” clause, which provides for just compensation for confiscated “bump stocks”?
Then what’s next? A “gun buyback?”
The site doesn’t stop there. Robert Farago writes:
“I know it sounds crazy, but the FBI could decide that ownership of a bump fire stick is sufficient cause to launch an investigation,” he wrote. “Crazier still, our good friends at the ATF might consider a bump fire stock dangerous enough to warrant a no-knock raid.”
According to a copy of the bill text provided to ABC, it would go into effect 180 days after its passage.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a trigger crank, a bump-fire device or any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun,” the bill states.
The ban would not apply to sales or possession of the devices by U.S. agencies or departments.
Feinstein, who in 2013 authored an assault weapons ban bill, which failed 40-60 in the Senate, currently has 24 co-sponsors of the bill, all Democrats.
Republican leaders have pushed back on Democrats’ calls for tightening gun control legislation after the shooting, calling the demands premature.
“I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “The investigation’s not even been completed. And I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions if there are any.”
“In the meantime, our priority is on tax reform, as my colleagues have indicated,” McConnell added.
What do you think? Should bump-stocks be illegal?