Pro-gun groups file lawsuit over federal ban on bump stocks
By Chris Eger
With owners of the estimated 520,000 devices currently in circulation facing federal “machinegun” charges that carry up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation, the ATF just hours after Whitaker’s announcement posted extensive bump stock destruction diagrams online. (Photo: Screenshot, ATF website)
Legal challenges have already been filed to a planned federal requirement to give bump stock owners 90 days to destroy or surrender their devices.
The Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Madison Society Foundation on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C. federal court against Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeking a motion to block a pending ban on bump stocks announced earlier that day. The member groups, filing on behalf of Pennsylvania bump stock owner Damien Guedes, argue Whitaker and the ATF are overstepping their legal authority.
“The ATF has misled the public about bump-stock devices,” said Pennsylvania firearms attorney Joshua Prince, who along with Adam Kraut, is representing Guedes. “Worse, they are actively attempting to make felons out of people who relied on their legal opinions to lawfully acquire and possess devices the government unilaterally, unconstitutionally, and improperly decided to reclassify as