Recently, the Trump administration rolled out a new regulation that will ban the possession and manufacturing of bump stocks, a device that attaches to the existing stock of semi automatic rifles that harnesses the recoil energy of the firearm to increase the rate of fire.
Under the latest regulation, bump stocks would be illegal to possess and manufacture. The memo, drafted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, says that bump stocks will be known as machine guns, giving them the same classification of a firearm. However, the memo, sent to President Trump, does not provide an avenue for legal ownership or a grandfather clause like the current law in place for machine guns.
The latest infringement on the Second Amendment has many in the gun world scratching their heads. President Trump, a self-proclaimed supporter of the Second Amendment, has pushed to ban these devices since the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. However, these devices are much like every other firearm accessory and are largely untraceable by the government, meaning there is no way to tell if everyone has turned over or destroyed their device.
Many in the gun community agree that bump stocks are impractical and a waste of money that could be spent on training and ammunition costs. These devices produce a rate of fire that is simply ineffective and unreliable. An experienced shooter with a quality aftermarket trigger is more effective than an experienced user with a bump stock. However, most agree that people should be able to have access to these devices if they choose to.
This latest ban has many in the gun community asking, “What’s next?”
With the latest ban, the Trump administration has thrown a softball to gun control advocate groups for further anti-gun legislation. By banning bump stocks, there is no precedent stopping a ban on “high capacity” magazines, like the standard 30 round magazines for AK and AR style rifles we all know and love. Or collapsible stocks. Or even those pesky chainsaw bayonet attachments that seem to pop up all over the place.
Many pro-gun groups such as the Gun Owners of America have pledged to fight these latest regulations in courtrooms across the nation. While this latest regulation will be put in place soon, the disagreement between the gun community and the Federal government will continue for months to come.
The latest battle that Republicans have lost is simply one of many battles in the war on the Second Amendment. Ultimately, this measure put in place by the Trump Administration further weakens the integrity of the Second Amendment.
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