The rebellion against the ban on bump stocks

By Sahil Venkatesan


utomatic firearms have been banned in the US since the 1934 National Firearms Act however a simple modification, a bump stock, can transform a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm.  Following the Las Vegas Massacre, thousands of people called for an investigation into whether bump stocks were a necessity.

It was determined that hundreds of thousands of people own a bump stock. However, a bump stock is just a loophole in the law which can enable criminals to transform semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic rifles and ultimately cause more harm to to people. 

The Trump Administration recently, and correctly, invoked a ban on bump stocks and required every American citizen to either destroy or return all the bump stocks they own.   The moment the administration initiated the ban, multiple pro-gun agencies challenged the ban in court and pointed to an overreach of Acting Attorney General Matt Whittaker.

According to The New York Times, the Supreme Court refused to block the ban with no dissents after the Justice Department backed gun control advocates who argued that bump stocks were a violation of the National Firearms Act in 1934.  

However multiple states have banned bump stocks in the past yet bump stock owners have refused to hand them in.  This is why many experts say this ban could cause a civil war.

This has caused the NRA to question the Trump administration’s priorities as the administration previously said that they would not support any form of gun control and the NRA views the ban on bump stocks as a form of gun control.

The NRA has also encouraged all bump stock owners to demand compensation for the bump stocks that they have lost.  According to The Washington Times, RW Arms, a company that was forced to destroy over 70,000 bump stocks, suffered a loss of around 20 million dollars in a staggering hit to their economy.  

Gun rights advocates are telling former bump stock owners that they should do everything in their power to protest the bump stock ban, which has only cemented the popular opinion that this topic will cause unrest for some time to come.