22 states challenge ATF bump-stock rule

Just The NewsTwenty-two state attorneys general, led by Montana and West Virginia, have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court over a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule they argue would immediately transform hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners into criminals.

Through its rulemaking, the ATF is attempting to regulate bump-stock accessories by claiming that they transform the firearms they attach to into machine guns as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934.

The main problem here is that the ATF is basically reversing its own prior decisions and turning anyone who owns one of these devices into something like an instant criminal even when they bought a legal device and did nothing wrong. Even if you accept the constitutionality of the machine gun ban (which I do not), this brings in 5th amendment seizures and due process considerations.

This entry was published Mon May 02 23:34:25 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2022-05-02 23:34:25.0. [Tweet]

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