Everytown's Comment on ATF Regulation of Bump Stocks and Other Conversion Devices
Everytown for Gun Safety submitted the comment below in response to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rulemaking notice (Docket no. 2017R-22), the first stage of ATF’s process to determine whether bump stocks and similar devices qualify as “machineguns” under existing law and are therefore illegal to possess. This comment argues that bump stocks are indeed illegal under current law, and urges the ATF to use its regulatory authority to make that clear. However, the comment also argues that current law does not reach all devices that enable semi-automatic firearms to mimic machine guns. Congress cannot rely exclusively on ATF regulation, but rather must act to close a loophole and remove these dangerous devices from our streets.