Ever since the Las Vegas massacre by Stephen Paddock, politicians have been pushing for different variations of bump stock bans. State legislatures, Capitol Hill, and more recently the White House itself have been looking for the best way to make these gun accessories illegal. They got their collective wishes yesterday when acting Attorney General signed the order redefining bump stocks to be considered “machineguns” and are thus now banned.
Gun Owners of America and Executive Director Erich Pratt have been preparing for this day ever since the President expressed interest in making it happen. This is why it didn’t take long for them to put together a lawsuit challenging the move as unconstitutional.
Check out the full letter here:
We will be filing our lawsuit as soon as the ATF’s regulations are officially published.
As written, this case has important Second Amendment implications for gun owners.
After all, in the coming days, an estimated half a million bump stock owners will have the difficult decision of either destroying or surrendering their valuable property — or else risk felony prosecution.
GOA will argue that courts should be highly suspect when an agency changes its “interpretation” of a statute in order to impair the exercise of an enumerated constitutional right.