By Gary Marbut
Montana – -(AmmoLand.com)- News headlines say that the BATFE has banned “bump stocks.” What are bump stocks and what does this mean?
First, a bump stock is a device that helps the trigger of a semi-auto rifle to reset. It uses the recoil of the rifle, such as an AR-15, to move the trigger forward upon discharge so that steady pressure on the trigger will cause the trigger to move back and forth for repeated discharges. This same effect can also be accomplished by holding a semi-auto rifle just right with no attached device, or with a rubber band that pulls the trigger forward.
Frankly, I think bump stocks are just a way to turn money into noise, but, hey, some people like noise. Bump stocks are just an accessory, not an actual firearm.
However, the new BATFE ruling determines that bump stocks are essentially machine guns. This means that to possess one lawfully it must be registered with the BATFE, and a $200 tax must be paid. To possess a bump stock without having paid the tax, which takes about nine months, will be a felony crime if the possessor is caught and …Read the Rest