ATF Seeking Comments On Proposed Rulemaking On Bump Fire Stocks

Slide Fire SSAR-15 SBS Bump Fire Stock
ATF Seeking Comments On Proposed Rulemaking On Bump Fire Stocks

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Recently ATF published for public inspection a request for public comment on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPRM”) on Bump Fire Stocks and Other Similar Devices. The ANPRM will be published officially, December 22, 2017, in the Federal Register. The public inspection document is currently available on the Federal Register's website.

ATF anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, such as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition. Before issuing the NPRM, ATF is gathering information and public comment through this ANPRM regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.

Specifically, ATF is seeking answers to the following questions:

MANUFACTURERS:

  • Are you, or have you been, involved in the manufacturing of bump stock devices? If so:
  • In what part(s) of the manufacturing process, are/were you involved?
  • In what calendar years are/were you involved in the manufacturing process?
  • What is the wholesale price of the bump stock devices produced by the manufacturing process with which you are involved?
  • In each calendar year in which you have operated, how many bump stock devices were produced by the manufacturing process with which you are/were involved? Of this number, how many devices were sold to (a) retailers/resellers, and (b) directly to consumers?
  • What were your approximate gross receipts for the sale of these bump stock devices in each calendar year (from 2014 – present)?
  • For what use or uses have you marketed bump stock devices?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what would you expect to be the impact on your gross receipts for calendar year 2018?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what other economic impact would you expect (e.g., storage, unsellable inventory)?
  • What costs do you expect to be associated with the disposition of existing bump stock device inventory?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, do you believe that there would be a viable (profitable) law-enforcement and/or military market for these devices? If so, please describe that market and your reasons for believing such a viable market exists.

RETAILERS:

  • Are you, or have you been, involved in the retail sale of bump stock devices? If so:
  • In what calendar years are/were you involved?
  • In each calendar year, how many bump stock devices did you sell?
  • In each calendar year, what was the average retail price of the bump stock devices you sold?
  • In each calendar year (from 2014 – present) what were your approximate gross receipts derived from the retail sale of bump stock devices?
  • For what use or uses have you marketed bump stock devices?
  • In the 2018 calendar year, how many bump stock devices do you anticipate you will sell, assuming that such devices remain classified by ATF as an unregulated firearm part? What do you expect will be the average price at which those bump stock devices will be sold?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what would you expect to be the impact on your costs/expenses, gross receipts for calendar year 2018?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what other economic impact would you expect (e.g., storage, unsellable inventory)?
  • What costs do you expect to be associated with the disposition of existing bump stock device inventory?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, do you believe that there would be a viable (profitable) law-enforcement and/or military market for these devices? If so, please describe that market and your reasons for believing such a viable market exists.

CONSUMERS:

  • In your experience, where have you seen these devices for sale and which of these has been the most common outlet from which consumers have purchased these devices (e.g., brick and mortar retail stores; online vendors; gun shows or similar events; or private sales between individuals)?
  • Based on your experience or observations, what is (or has been) the price range for these devices?
  • For what purposes are the bump stock devices used or advertised?

Written comments must be submitted to ATF no later than thirty (30) days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments should be identified by docket number (2017R-22), by any of the following methods:

  • – Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. ( Click the Leave a Comment Button)
  • – Fax: (202) 648-9741
  • – Mail: Vivian Chu, Mailstop 6N-518, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Washington D.C. 20226. ATTN: 2017R-22.

Reeves & Dola, LLP

The above alert is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as legal advice. Receipt of this alert does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

About Reeves & Dola

Reeves & Dola is a Washington, DC law firm that specializes in helping clients navigate the highly regulated and complex world of manufacturing, sales and international trade of defense and commercial products. We have a deep understanding of the Federal regulatory process, and use our expertise in working with a variety of Federal agencies to assist our clients with their transactional and regulatory needs.

Subscribe
Notify of
10 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Alan
Alan
2 years ago

Speak now, lest you end up sucking your thumb in well earned disgust, having blown the opportunity to protest .I suspect that ATF “regulations”, new, politically inspired type,will not be especially tasty or satisfying to the hungry. Written comments must be submitted to ATF no later than thirty (30) days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments should be identified by docket number (2017R-22), by any of the following methods: – Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. ( Click the Leave a Comment Button) – Fax: (202) 648-9741 – Mail: Vivian Chu, Mailstop 6N-518, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services,… Read more »

Alan
Alan
2 years ago

The BATFE seeks public comment on proposed regulations impacting on a device commonly known as the Bump Stock. Contact address found in the above article. Do not disappoint those wonderful folks at the BATFE?

Trinidad Solis
Trinidad Solis
2 years ago

I would like to say that these things are not dumb devices. They are made with some thought in mind for the gun enthusiast who would use them in a lawful manner for what they were intended for, And not what you would think they would be used for. You all need to remember that every new device that is produced is only used for what it was originally intended for by the manufacture. If it would aid in accuracy or speed it would be used as a competitive use or used them as a novelty item until it was… Read more »

Trinidad
Trinidad
2 years ago

Let me say one thing for once. i never voice my opinion on anything except voting for trump. I am a let live and find your way in life. If you cant find your way in life. well u aint gonna make it. Im a vet and a lonely child. raised by my grandmother. I have made my way in life, not begging or asking for help. I have always made my own decisions and not influenced by anybody. I remember shooting full auto and a three round burst on my M-16 During my enlistment. I have yearn for that… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Trinidad

@Trin, thank you for your service. I certainly agree. May you have a happy, healthy New Bumpstock this year.

Trinidad Solis
Trinidad Solis
2 years ago
Reply to  Trinidad

Thank you Wild bill it means a lot to me.You keep it going. Have a wonderful new year.

Meathead
Meathead
2 years ago

My submission to the BATF as a “Consumer”. Docket Number 2017R-22 I have seen Bump Fire stocks at two gun shops and at several gun shows. The price range BEFORE Las Vegas was $250-$300. Since the publicity that they existed, the price has almost doubled. Demand is exceeding supply. Bump Fire stocks are sold for fun at the gun range. Since they can fire 400 to 600 rounds per minute and the cost of an AR-15 or AK-47 round is about 32 cents, it IS expensive “fun”. A lot of gun ranges prohibit them. Question for “Regulators”: If we have… Read more »

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

Bump fire is a technical symptom of the semi-automatic mode. Both machine guns and semi-automatic are not defined by the speed they are able to empty a magazine. Banning bump fire stock will not ban the technique of bump fire!

VICE News did a great video explaining just that!

MB
MB
2 years ago

They take a little bite here and a little bite there and the next thing you know your rights are gone.

-POOF!-

JS
JS
2 years ago

As much as I may think this is a dumb device, there are plenty of other firearms out the I also think are dumb choices. But, I respect everyones choice on whether you use any of these things. Write the ATF and let them know its a bad idea. All we are doing is allowing these thugs to rule this area more and more.