SHOT Show Organizers Call on ATF to Review Bump Fire Stocks

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) released a joint statement with the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) requesting ATF review of bump fire stocks, something the ATF has already done a reported four times.  Each of those reviews resulted in the ATF determining that bump fire stocks violate no laws regardless of their purpose or effect.  However, that doesn’t seem to deter firearms industry organizations from doubling down on the idea that yet another ATF review will pacify those in Congress calling for a legislative ban.  (It won’t.  It won’t even slow them down.)

From their statement:
“We call upon ATF to conduct a prompt review and evaluation of aftermarket trigger activation devices such as bump stocks to determine whether they are lawful to install and use on a firearm under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA), or whether, if they have no function or purpose other than to convert a conventional firearm into an automatic firearm, they are regulated items under the NFA.”

Most notably, the NSSF is the organizer of SHOT Show, the world’s largest gun trade show that is currently held in Las Vegas.  The NSSF is certainly anticipating tremendous political and public relations blowback at the event to be held January 23-26, 2018, and seems to be searching for ways to manage that.

Also of note is the phrase “trigger activation devices” meant to label an entire category of products that aid shooters in achieving the rate of fire already built into their semi-automatic firearms.  It does seem to be a more accurate term to use than “rate of fire accelerating devices” and similar technically-incorrect terms used by those calling for a ban.  These devices don’t change how fast a semi-auto can fire- they only change how fast some shooters are able to pull the trigger.

The NSSF and SAAMI official joint statement can be found here:  NSSF/SAAMI Joint Statement on Las Vegas Tragedy