The National Rifle Association came out against legislation now in both the House and the Senate that would nominally ban the use of bump stocks with wording that could also outlaw many ordinary accessories, such as match triggers or lightened bolt carriers. This is after several days of NRA officials stating publicly that the organization supports additional regulation for bump fire stocks and other devices that they say allow a semiautomatic firearm to function like a fully automatic firearm.
“The NRA opposes the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation,” stated Jennifer Baker of the NRA-ILA. Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced the “Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act” to the Senate last week, and Rep. Carolos Curbelo introduced H.R. 3999 along with nine other Republicans and ten Democrats in the House. Both will prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of bump fire stocks or any other part that is designed to increase the rate of fire of semiautomatic firearms.
Baker agreed with the assessment of many firearms experts in stating, “These bills are intentionally overreaching and would ban commonly owned firearms accessories.” That said, the NRA has yet to publicly reverse its call for additional regulation under existing laws, a position promoted by top NRA officials as recently as the Sunday talk show circuit.