Department of Justice Announces Bump-Stock-Type Devices Final Ban Ruling

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Department of Justice Announces Bump-Stock-Type Devices Final Ban Ruling

Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- Today, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced that the Department of Justice has amended the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), clarifying that bump stocks fall within the definition of “machinegun” under federal law, as such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.

Acting Attorney General Whitaker made the following statement:

“President Donald Trump is a law and order president, who has signed into law millions of dollars in funding for law enforcement officers in our schools, and under his strong leadership, the Department of Justice has prosecuted more gun criminals than ever before as we target violent criminals. We are faithfully following President Trump’s leadership by making clear that bump stocks, which turn semiautomatics into machine guns, are illegal, and we will continue to take illegal guns off of our streets.”

On February 20, 2018, President Trump issued a memorandum instructing the Attorney General “to dedicate all available resources to… propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.” In response to that direction the Department reviewed more than 186,000 public comments and made the decision to make clear that the term “machinegun” as used in the National Firearms Act (NFA), as amended, and Gun Control Act (GCA), as amended, includes all bump-stock-type devices that harness recoil energy to facilitate the continuous operation of a semiautomatic firearm after a single pull of the trigger.

This final rule amends the regulatory definition of “machinegun” in Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), sections 447.11, 478.11, and 479.11. The final rule amends the regulatory text by adding the following language: “The term ‘machine gun’ includes bump-stock devices, i.e., devices that allow a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semi-automatic firearm to which it is affixed so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.” Furthermore, the final rule defines “automatically” and “single function of the trigger” as those terms are used in the statutory definition of machinegun. Specifically,

  • “automatically” as it modifies “shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot,” means functioning as a result of a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through the single function of the trigger;
  • “single function of the trigger” means single pull of the trigger and analogous motions.

Because the final rule clarifies that bump-stock-type devices are machineguns, the devices fall within the purview of the NFA and are subject to the restrictions of 18 U.S.C. 922(o). As a result, persons in possession of bump-stock-type devices must divest themselves of the devices before the effective date of the final rule.

A current possessor may destroy the device or abandon it at the nearest ATF office, but no compensation will be provided for the device. Any method of destruction must render the device incapable of being readily restored to its intended function.

The final rule may be found here.

Information and instructions for destruction of the devices will be posted on ATF's website later today.

Please note: This is the text of the final rule as signed by the Acting Attorney General, but the official version of the final rule will be as it is published in the Federal Register.

  • 25 thoughts on “Department of Justice Announces Bump-Stock-Type Devices Final Ban Ruling

    1. @Tom; I sure screwed that remark up, what I met to say was 51/851 but it wasn’t the gun, IT WAS THE NUT JOBTHAT DESIDED TO USE THE GUN, PADDOCK; also was there a second shooter, and they are covering that up???? Sorry I wrote that ass backwards!!!!!!!

    2. @John; I know that it is why I put it in there, it just shows how out of touch NJ is, DO AS I SAY and don’t make waves!!!!

    3. @The Green Watch Dog; A true lib on a paper trail that doesn’t know how to wipe!!!!!!! @Tom; Nailed it on the head !!!! @MB; You are right it is going to get worse before it gets better but I’m still going to get that slingshot and practice with it !!!! Old MP right about getting any heavy backing women’s rights, or gay rights, the silence is defining, oh and about the slug Bloomberg, and his west coast wall, you missed Nevada, they just swung his way !!!!! @ Wild Bill your right on the metro areas carrying the major flaw in the elections, they are all heavy on the hand out programs !!!!!!!! @ tomcat; Your right, 51/851 but gun was the problem NOT THE NUT JOB THAT DESIDED TO US THE GUN !!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. willy d, The gun was not the problem! The dead man accused of doing the shooting would have been the problem but I seriously doubt that he was the shooter! I personally think it was a Gov’t operation to gain support to get more gun control laws. I believe that because the local, state and federal “authorities” could not get their stories strait and repeatedly changed their story! They said he had all the ballistics worked out as if he were a sniper. Using something that made “full auto” he would not need to and would not work out the ballistics because he would not need to be accurate as if trying to hit a small target. He would e spraying into a large crowd. It was a setup, plain and simple! Also there were many people from that crowd that said there were multiple shooters and four of the most prevalent suddenly died within the week and not from bullet wounds!
        The man that was their scape goat could have done way more damage easier by flying his air plane into that crowd.

    4. Why can’t we get all the Gun Owners to protest like gay rights women’s march, etc. Trying to get people to match on the Commie Capital in Sacramento on a weekday with almost a year of notice and I got one guy. That is belonging to many gun groups, and a couple ranges. People are just blind. They are succeeding in their plan to take one thing away at a time until total confiscation. It is coming unless people especially here in Commiefornia, decide it is worth their time to dedicate their time, talents and efforts to protesting and fighting in the courts and whatever else it takes.

      Bloomberg has Gavin Newsome in his pocket because without his money, I don’t think Newsome would have won. Bloomberg has made it very clear that he is going to create the “Western Wall.” That means no guns in the public hands in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona. Then the rest of us who are not in the 1% income bracket will be the slaves of the 1% of the filthy rich.

      Is that what you want to leave for your kids and Grandkids? I don’t but I can’t fight them with one other guy in any sense of the word. I don’t understand why people can’t give a little time and or money to protect our Second Amendment? Especially after Brown passed all those laws in 2016. We couldn’t even get enough people to sign for the same right the government has had for years. They can collect signatures off the internet which saves a ton of money. But not the public. Thanks again for the people that funded the petition drive and all those that drove everywhere delivering the petitions and picking up the signed ones. May God richly bless you for your efforts to protect His unalienable right to protect your family, friends, and strangers.

      Brown gave Kamala Harris billion in FFL fees and another account I can’t recall at this moment to arrest bad guys with guns. That plan has been a failure since it’s inception and not one person has been arrested. It is just paying to make our government bigger and they all right there own bogus anti gun regulations.

      PEOPLE PLEASE WAKE UP AND SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL. This same thing has happened and is for real now in the UK, France, Australia, etc. Turn off the tv for half an hour and put down you drink and research it for yourself. You will find very close similarities in the United States and especially California.

    5. No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

      Ex post facto
      ex post facto adj. Formulated, enacted, or operating retroactively. [Med Lat., from what is done afterwards] Source: AHD
      In U.S. Constitutional Law, the definition of what is ex post facto is more limited. The first definition of what exactly constitutes an ex post facto law is found in Calder v Bull (3 US 386 [1798]), in the opinion of Justice Chase:
      1st. Every law that makes an action done before the passing of the law, and which was innocent when done, criminal; and punishes such action. 2d. Every law that aggravates a crime, or makes it greater than it was, when committed. 3d. Every law that changes the punishment, and inflicts a greater punishment, than the law annexed to the crime, when committed. 4th. Every law that alters the legal rules of evidence, and receives less, or different, testimony, than the law required at the time of the commission of the offense, in order to convict the offender.

    6. They keep pushing and we will be using slingshots before long, Trump is finding out that he is not going to drain the swamp as easy as he thought as the politicians are to well entrenched to dig them out, both REPUBO-RATS along with the DEMO-RATS they only look out for their own not anybody else they get to do anything to protect their own, get elected then continue to be reelected and don’t worry about the people that put you there!!!!!!!!

      1. It’s kind of time for the people who do the electing to take some responsibility for whom they elect…. I am so glad that Trump is president today, but it is hard to get perfection. Meanwhile, I can’t imagine why most of the people in public office get elected!!! Human nature is so self-destructive, like moths drawn to a flame.

        1. @Bill, The city people know exactly what they are doing when they vote for someone that promises them something for nothing. Look at any voting map and the answer is clear. Cities are vast warehouses of people wanting to be socialist.

      2. @willy, It will get ugly way before we have to resort to rocks, bricks, pitchforks and slingshot like they have to in Europe. 400 million guns, and several trillion rounds of ammo says otherwise. Hope it never comes to that because when it’s all over, there will be 50% less people in the country. Scary times. We just need to get people to go out a vote the idiots out of power, and save the country.

    7. No matter how you feel about Bump-Stocks, it should alarm everyone both in and outside the 2A community that a perfectly legal purchase can turn one into a felon at the stroke of a pen. This is, in my opinion a much bigger issue than the second amendment. If we can’t get people who care nothing about the 2A issues to understand the implications of this, it will be the first of many constitutional issues with wider and wider scope. I wonder if President Trump realizes he lost his 2020 election yesterday?

        1. @ Rev. C. Caton and Wild Bill Not a good week for the man that wants another term. The bump stocks, pulling out of Syria and caving on shutting the government down over the wall. Ann Coulter said, on Fox News, that she doubted if he would finish this term. Nancy and Chucky beat him and we are left with less freedom and our rights diminished. Maybe he gave up after all the criticism from the left. Being subjects could be coming faster than we expected.

    8. The President had one side on his side, now he has no one on his side. what happened to Hillary for prison? what happened to I will fight with Russia against terrorists? I will defend the 2nd Amendment? I thought I voted against Clinton, but I did not know you are in bed with her mind set. just another 2 faced politician. YOU’RE FIRED.

      1. I believed him to be self-centered in his own way. Different from the self-centered elitist politicians in office. Looks like now he fell into their inter circle. Still it is the utmost importance to defy the Democratic Party while strengthen and directing an apposing political force.

    9. The only RULE that should matter is The 2ND. PERIOD!
      Me thinks Trumps DemoTARDness is flowing out again!
      A Wolf, in Sheep clothing = DEATH to GUN RIGHTS!

            1. tomcat14, You figure it out.
              Why would someone that was going to spray bullets into a large crowd figure out ballistics?
              Why would the police wait to go in to stop the shooter(s)?
              Why would their timeline change three or four times?
              Why would they let the security guard that was supposedly shot in the leg go to Mexico during the investigation?
              Why would the exits from the concert be blocked?
              And why would the four most prevalent people that were shot at that claimed there were more than one shooter and claimed to being chased and shot at more the further they got away from the concert, while running the opposite direction from the claimed shooter be killed within the following week?
              Coincidence? BULLSHIT!

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