Maryland bump stock lawsuit leaves owners to ask ATF to keep devices
By Chris Eger
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, seen here at a press conference, signed Maryland’s latest bump stock ban into law earlier this year. (Photo: Joe Andrucyk/Office of the Governor)
A federal lawsuit over Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and similar devices, says the group behind the legal challenge, now needs owners to get permission from the feds.
U.S. Judge James K. Bredar, a 2010 appointment to the court by President Obama, last week declined to grant an injunction against Maryland’s pending law on “rapid fire trigger activators,” defined as bump stocks, binary trigger systems, burst triggers, and trigger cranks. This, says Maryland Shall Issue, means that the only way a gun owner in the state can protect themselves from potential arrest under the law is to send a one-page application for authorization to federal regulators before the law takes effect next month.
“Sending this letter does NOT mean that you are identifying yourself as owning a bump stock or any specific device,” says the group. “It just means that you (like we) don’t know what is covered by the SB 707 ban on a ‘device’ that ‘increases’ the ‘rate of fire.’”
The organization of Second Amendment advocates brought their lawsuit in June over a host of