Gun Owners of America files suit over federal bump stock ban
By Chris Eger
A Slide FIre Solutions bump stock attached to a semi-auto rifle. Under a pending rule change, this currently legal set up could bring possible punishment of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions)
A pro-gun group on Wednesday joined forces with a popular YouTube gun blogger to take the federal government to court over a pending ban on bump stocks.
Gun Owners of America, in conjunction with the Virginia Citizens Defense League and bump stock owner Tim Harmsen– who helms the Military Arms Channel– filed suit in a Michigan federal court this week just after the final Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule outlawing the devices was published. Set to take effect in March 2019, the ban will establish a prohibition on bump stocks without a path to legal ownership for those currently in circulation and make possession a felony.
The 28-page filing points out that, going as far back as the Akins Accelerator in 2002, federal regulators have consistently charted the same course when it came to bump stocks and similar devices sent to their Firearm Technology Industry Services Branch to review for legality, holding that each, in turn, was not a machine gun. The final