NRA Statement on Bump Fire Stock Rule


NRA Statement on Bump Fire Stock Rule
NRA Statement on Bump Fire Stock Rule

Fairfax, VA – -( Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it would soon be releasing a final rule classifying “bump-stock-type-devices” as “machineguns” under the National Firearms Act.

These devices came to national attention in October 2017 after the horrific attack in Las Vegas.  As multiple media accounts correctly pointed to at the time, there was overwhelming legislative support for proposals that went far beyond these specific devices and some that could have potentially jeopardized all semiautomatic firearms. Rather than sit back and watch a legislative over-reaction, the NRA asked Congress to let ATF review its prior determinations on bump fire stocks.

Some have used our October 2017 statement to claim that NRA supports ATF’s final rule, but as NRA-ILA’s Executive Director Chris Cox noted only days after our statement was issued, “We don’t believe that bans have ever worked on anything.”

We also made this clear in our comments to ATF on the proposed rule earlier this year. In our comments, we further advised that ATF should at a minimum make an amnesty period available to deal with the fundamental inequity imposed on law-abiding gun owners who purchased their bump fire stocks in good faith reliance on prior ATF determinations. We continue to pursue the availability of a period of amnesty with the administration.

While there can be disagreement on legislative strategy, it’s important to remember that we will soon face a hostile, anti-gun Congress led by Nancy Pelosi. It’s critical that all gun owners unite and prevent the Bloomberg-bought Congress from dismantling our Second Amendment freedom.

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Matthew Thacker

Just say no to confiscation without compensation. I could care less about the bump stock, unlawful confiscation of a product that was previously deemed legal is against the forth amendment. People should not lose money on items that we’re bought in good faith as legal. If they want them back they should have to compensate the people that own them. The President has opened pandoras box whether he knows it or not. If these law suits don’t go in our favor we are screwed. It will give any President executive order to ban whatever they want. Without any public imput.… Read more »

johon smith

we pay the nra to fight for are gun rights not to decide wich guns we should have and wich ones should be given up to me this is one of the worst moves Ive seen them make I believe leadership at NRA are only in it for a pay check now they have sold us out I have given money to nra almost every time ive been asked but until I see some real fight for are rights and a 180 degree change on bump stock issue I will not give them another dime no compromise on are 2nd… Read more »


The ATF ruled the stocks legal twice then reversed those decisions and now demands they be destroyed or surrendered without compensation. That is a clear violation of the “takings clause” of the Constitution; an act so egregious the Framers felt compelled to include it. This is a far larger issue than a simple accessory. If this ruling stands the framework of our laws itself is in grave peril.


It is my understanding that the ATF, has ruled in the past, & has prosecuted folks for guns with a broken sear!! Even .22’s!! With this info, how did the bump stock ever pass muster?

Charlie Foxtrot

Very simple, the ATF ruled TWICE that it did pass muster under President Obama, until the NRA and President Trump decided that the ATF was wrong on that decision!


Lou, “….the bump stock clearly does convert a semi-auto into a full auto….” You are truly full of it. Just because you make the illiterate remark (above) the communists have been repeating doesn’t make it so. Once more a manipulation of the English language by another Marxist. Guns are my right to own. Any firearm the scoundrels in government have those same weapons should be readily available to the citizenry. Perhaps you should be more concerned why Nidal Hassan, the moslem, US Army O-4 who murdered 13 Americans and attempted to murder 32 others at Fort Hood, Texas, 10 YEARS… Read more »


Hey Dan normally I’m on your side ~but one trigger pull =one bullet does not equal fully automaticNo matter how much you rock it


Sorry Dano / didn’t know you were quoting a commie !

Dennis Eagleberger

Right on

Jay Eimandoust

I am becoming more convinced, that these mass shootings could be staged by communist marxist antifa left wing fringe groups in the democrat party. The media is hacked and flooded with fake news these days. They can print these mass school shootings to generate hysteria and panic throughout the country, and then implement their slowly and steady destruction of the 2nd Amendment. They will be going down the list…1st bump stocks…then the AR15…then double barrel shotguns….then probably ANY type of rifle and eventually ALL firearms period. That is their ultimate goal. Those who seek to abolish the 2nd Amendment ,argue… Read more »

Shoosting Sticks

If it wasn’t for the NRA, most of us wouldn’t have the freedoms we currently enjoy, they would have been swallowed up by leftists years ago. We almost certainly would not have Right-to-Carry in all 50 states. As is so typical, many of you enjoy the fruits of their hard fought victories without ponying up, then you want to throw them under the bus when they make a bad call. Also a Life benefactor member, I am not happy with how they handled this whole bump-stock issue. But that doesn’t mean we throw them away. I do think new leadership… Read more »

Douglas G

Let’s remember too that the NRA-ILA is who handles all the legislative actions and is a separate organization from the NRA. Your dues and donations to the NRA go for training, education, competitions, magazines, salaries, outreach, lawsuits, etc. To support the lobbying, law writing, grading politicians, outreach, then you have to give to the ILA. By pulling your dues and donations you’re hurting the wrong organization, if this and other infringements are your concern. Not that I expect you sunny day Sally’s and armchair whiners to care.


The N R A Has Offered nothing but Lip Service at this point I don’t see the N R A on any Law suit filed currently in court !!! they are worried about Pelosi she did not put this rule into effect Trump the Clown emposed this REDO law first it is and then it isn’t David Copperfield The device is not a Machine Gun !! WHERE IS THE N R A Not in court that’s for sure I resigned from that do nothing Organization we need more than COMMENTS from them

daryl bauer

the democrats who will soon be in control of the house and are letting bit’s and pieces of their proposed anti gun agenda out for public inspection ! little things like banning private person to person sales ( you must go thru a dealer for background ) ban sales a gun shows ! ban mail order ammo sales ! mag cap ban ( again ) !!! ban all semi auto firearms ! national waiting period 1 to 2 weeks ! enhanced background mental and even social media ! confiscate all black rifles ! background for ammo purchase ! national red… Read more »


Has anyone considered that the ATFE’s freely allowing a device which readily converts semi-autos to full autos was almost certainly a scheme by Obama to increase the likelihood of a mass shooting involving a so-called Assault Weapon? Yet another opportunity to inflict an assault weapons ban on the US? I’m deeply resentful of the Federal Firearms Act that forms the basis of innocuous rules, regulations, and paper work that the ATFE justifies it’s existence enforcing. Much of what’s in it is nonsense. This said, the bump stock clearly does convert a semi-auto into a full auto in the hands of… Read more »

Roy D.

Apparently you are not aware of or are incapable of understanding the definition of “machinegun” in US law. A “bumpstock” in no way meets that definition. As far as the NRA goes, I agree with you and have for some time now.


Having fired numerous full auto weapons I think that I do understand the definition of a Machinegun. ATFE has traditionally banned, or required registration of virtually everything which effectively allows a semi-auto to fire anything like a full auto. Even “Shoe Stringing”, which is the use of a piece of string to rig the trigger of a semi auto to discharge the weapon when the bolt reaches the fully closed position is determined to be illegal by ATFE, I never said that I agree with ATFE Determinations or Enforcement. What I said was that them allowing bump stocks in the… Read more »

Charles Barnette

Well if they want to infringe on our 2nd then why don’t we push for infringement on their 1st and tell them to shut the Hell up?

Dennis Eagleberger

Because most of us just sit in our hands. I’m with You Brother.

Dennis Eagleberger

Because most of us just sit on our hands. I’m with You Brother.