NRA-ILA Files Amicus Curiae Opposing ATF’s Illegal Bump-Stock Ban

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The NRA is continuing the fight against the banning of bump stocks. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Last week, NRA-ILA filed an amicus curiae (or friend of the court) brief in support of a challenge to ATF’s 2018 rule that classified bump stocks as machineguns. The case is before an en banc panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

ATF had determined that bump stocks were not machine guns on ten separate occasions from 2008 to 2017. But that changed in 2018 when ATF announced that it would review its regulatory definition of a machinegun. NRA-ILA filed comments opposing ATF’s reinterpretation at that time. Nevertheless, ATF reversed course and classified bump stocks as machine guns. That change prompted several lawsuits.

Congress defined machinegun “objectively based on the trigger’s mechanics, nothing else,” the brief argues. But in reinterpreting “machinegun,” ATF “moved the goalposts” and looked to factors beyond the function of the trigger. “ATF went off target.”

But this case is about much more than bump stocks. At its core, it’s about how much discretion ATF has to interpret provisions of the Gun Control Act that impose criminal liabilities. The brief argues that for 200 years, the Supreme Court has consistently held that “the power to create crimes lies exclusively with Congress.” Thus, when criminal liability is on the line, “ATF’s position is ‘not relevant at all.”’

The case is captioned as Gun Owners of America v. Garland.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for future updates on NRA-ILA’s ongoing efforts to defend your constitutional rights.


About 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: www.nra.org

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

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Tank
Tank
1 month ago

Things don’t just happen. Things are made to happen.
JFK

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
1 month ago

Face it the NRA and Trump both sold out gun owners on this one . Sounds like the NRA is backtracking and having second thoughts about thier action. Too late you showed your hand and we see through your bullshit money grubbing agenda . We need to melt down those bump stocks and remold them as 12 inch plastic dicks and shove them up Donald and Waine’s ass and give them what they gave bump stock owners . A good reaming !

Stag
Stag
1 month ago

So the organization who called for increased regulation on bumpstocks is now *checks notes* joining the fight against increased regulation of bumpstocks.

If this doesn’t wake you up to the fact that the NRA is controlled opposition at best then nothing will. They have been advocating for and supporting arms laws for over a century. They fundraise off of fear and work to enact the very laws they claim to be protecting you from. It’s laughable that so many on here, and in the gun community in general, still support them.

Last edited 1 month ago by Stag
Cam
Cam
1 month ago

Wow, the NRA is sure late to the dance on this. It’s like they are starting to realize the actually have to do something to protect gun rights but I wouldn’t put it past the NRA to try and poison pill the case.
If I could get my life time membership back I would and give it to a more active gun rights group.

swmft
swmft
1 month ago

the nra has been talking out both sides for a long time ,atf should have gone away with the end of prohibition fbi too

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago
Reply to  swmft

Consider this. The ‘aft/atf/batf/batfe’ bureaucracy was created by an ‘irs’ director with NO CONGRESSIONAL VOTE!!
This in itself, by CONSTITUTIONAL LAW means that the ‘aft/atf’ bureaucracy IS an ILLEGAL ORGANIZATION. THUS, it MUST be DISBANDED!!!!!

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 month ago

Why didn’t the ATF also decide that belt loops and Jerry Miculek’s trigger finger are machine guns? /S

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
1 month ago

To bad the NRA gave its blessing to this when Trump asked

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

It is, Comrade, and don’t pretend you’re unhappy about it.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

“Trump trusted WLP on everything gun. It’s all on NRA! They could fk up a wet dream!”
~”TEX”(!)/Will

Trump’s responsible for his actions. Conspired with the big grabbers for a “comprehensive” 100% gun control bill (<21 ban, red flag etc; plus EO bumpstocks), pissed on adding trade-offs like reciprocity. “Yeah yeah great. That should be stand-alone, not in my comp bill because then it can’t pass.” Insisted on preemptive surrender. “I’m not afraid of NRA. Now’s the time. We’re gonna get it done.” Betrayed us when we needed him most after a massacre.

Cut the glazy-eyed celeb worship.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r