Trump’s ban on Bump Stocks goes into effect – 10 years in jail, $250,000 fine



It’s the so-called “Rules” that get a person down. You know, that phone and pen that we thought we had gotten rid of with Trump coming into office. Look, I am no fan of bump stocks. Most people have not a clue as to what they do or don’t do. That is where the hazy part of it becomes a menace to gun owners.

Easy for the non-informed to conclude that while we are at it with the bump stocks, it must have something to do with “semi-automatic” weapons. You know, those nasty looking military type guns. Let’s go after them too. In truth, many hand guns and rifles used for sport are in fact “semi-automatic.”

But now we are talking confiscation. Really? That is the precedent we are going to set?

So how did we get here?


The Bump Stock Ban, which took effect on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 was enacted by the Trump Administration to reclassify bump stock devices as machine guns, and therefore subject to regulation as part of the Gun Control Act of 1968. The transfer or possession of bump stocks became prohibited under this new amendment to the law, subject to penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed President Donald Trump a victory by rejecting for the second time in three days a bid by gun rights activists to block his new ban on “bump stock” attachments that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly.

In the days before the rule change reclassifying the stocks went into effect on March 26, RW was selling the devices for between $105 to $450, making the parts destroyed to comply with the prohibition worth millions. Under the rule, bump stock owners must either destroy the stocks or abandon them at an ATF office without reimbursement for their cost or value.

Nonetheless, a bevy of plaintiffs who are challenging the rule change in federal courts across the country has argued the ban may violate the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment which states that private property can’t be taken for public use without compensation.

A federal judge in Washington D.C. last month responded to that argument that bump stock owners could resort to filing a lawsuit for damages from the government under the Tucker Act after the fact but that factor alone wasn’t enough to halt the ban.

Federal regulators last year estimated there could be as many 520,000 bump stocks in circulation. The ATF has posted instructions online so that owners can destroy their own stocks.

How to Destroy Bump Stocks | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco … – ATF



Download PDF with all diagrams


Access the final rule in the Federal Register


To comply with a Rule classifying bump stocks as untransferable machine guns, a Texas distributor sent their entire inventory of the now-banned devices to the scrappers.

Fort Worth-based RW Arms on Wednesday brought 60,000 bump stocks to American Shredder where they were destroyed under the supervision of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents. The retailer had acquired the remaining inventory of Texas-based bump stock maker Slide Fire Solutions, who had closed their doors last year as the federal government pursued a ban on the once-legal accessory.



A Texas-based retailer of now-banned bump stocks has transferred about 60,000 of the gun-related items to the federal government to be destroyed. (March 27)

RW Arms


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21 Responses to “Trump’s ban on Bump Stocks goes into effect – 10 years in jail, $250,000 fine”

  1. the unit Says:

    I did the the Bump years ago in the ’70’s. Been confined ever since and cost a bundle. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. petermc3 Says:

    If George Orwell we’re alive today surely he would write “2084.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bob sykes Says:

    If you will go to YouTube, you will find instruction on how any semi—auto rifle can be fired in auto mode withour any modification.

    It works best with an AR 15 with a forward peg.

    Hold the rifle about one- half inch away from your shoulder. Support the rifle loosely with your trigger hand, and hook your finger around the trigger. With your off hand push the rifle forward until it fires. The recoil will reset the trigger, and the rifle will continue to fire as long as you push it forward with your off hand.

    Tkes some practice.

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  4. Kid Says:

    IMO, According to 2A, There is no legal reason to deny me an Ohio Class Sub bristling with armed Nuklar Missiles.

    But the citizens have not the slightest chance of being on equal footing with today’s military equipment and training and if they want to do us, there ain’t much we can do about it. Some will die on their side of the fence though if TSHTF and that is at least some deterrent to keep them from confiscating everything we own.

    Sigh, I admit I wouldn’t want adam shiff and millions of progressives/communists in America for example to have a nuke sub and so I guess there is some shift to our execution of 2A among the populace that we must accept. Bump stocks? Well…., Oh look a squirrel !

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I think there is no reason at all for a bump stock. None. Get rid of them.. But do it by the way it should be done not by these Executive Orders. Amend the bill by Congress just as they did passed the bill previously. Amend the law but not order by fiat by a President.
      What is next? What a nasty road this is. Taking people’s property causes me heartburn….. yea, cant wait to show up with my bump stock at the ATF…..


      • Kid Says:

        I agree 100% Against EO’s. Problem is Congress, especially the republican side, is chock full of worthless assholes that have no focus or interest in doing anything for Americans, not that I’d ever or have I ever voted for a satanic defecrat.

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  5. Steve Dennis Says:

    I am right there with you on this and I am surprised that more people are not outraged. I also agree with what you said about bump stocks, they are more of a novelty than anything else but what is at issue is Trump acting like Obama with the EOs and the fact that people are not more upset with him using this action after complaining about Obama doing it bothers me.

    Liked by 2 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Well Steve, I get some comfort that you see my point. As I said, get rid of them. Isn’t that why we have a Congress? Pass a bill. Ban the damn things.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Steve Dennis Says:

        Exactly! I don’t care about bump stocks and I don’t know anybody who does, but the point is the President banned them by executive fiat and it sets a precedent the next Democrat President is sure to follow. I feel the same about the emergency declaration at the border, I am afraid Democrats are going to now use the same tactic to come after guns if they win the White House.

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  6. RandyLee Says:

    I’m sorry I just can’t get outraged over bump stock banning. who the hell even cares? its not a gun, its a flipping piece that fits on your gun. and who the hell uses them anyway?? they screw up your accuracy so what good is it if you can spray a hundred shots and not hit anything? this is much ado about nothing.

    many conservatives seem to think the next step Trump takes is banning guns, even though he’s never said any such thing. but that’s an entirely different story. our actual guns are protected by the Constitution. the silly bump stock is just a junk fad. now there are politicians on both sides who are falling for the ‘red flag’ laws but again, that isn’t the same as bump stocks.

    and those politicians should be worried what they are doing is infringing on our rights as gun owners. they should be worried their constituents know their rights are being infringed upon as well. take my bump stock, who cares. try to take my guns and you will be a very sorry politician.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      So why not pass a law and ban the damn things. I agree they add nothing to the gun. What I do object to is that Pen of Trump. Period. We are a nation of laws. Amend the law to cover this gadget and end of story.
      So are they going after everyone that has one? Lock them up for ten years because of a pen? No…No No….


    • Rogue Says:

      Bump stocks are fun and they don’t kill people. People kill people.

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Fashion First Photo Says:

    Shall Not…. Be ….Infringed…. It’s time to use the 2nd for that which it was written…enough is enough.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mustang Says:

    It’s politics. There are laws against murder, too … but people still commit murder. If they can’t get a bump-stock weapon, they’ll use something else. If not firearms, then butcher knives or tire irons. I don’t own a rifle, but I do own a few handguns. I don’t own a rifle because I don’t hunt and have no intention to using a rifle for any other purpose. I own handguns for self-defense (although I may get a shotgun for home defense). A few years ago, I was traveling through Tennessee and needed a break, so I stopped into the humongous firearms store. I could have purchased an M-2 .50 caliber machine gun there for under $20,000.00. You see, you can still own these kinds of weapons so long as you pay the federal tax on them. Of course, owning a weapon is one thing, obtaining ammunition for it is another. So, my question is, aren’t there more important things our government ought to be doing than monitoring bump-stock ownership? ATF could be moving against MS-13 gangs who, as I understand it, regularly employ automatic weapons against their enemies.

    I won’t forget what the ATF did to former Marine and Agent Brian Terry in 2010—and then tried to cover it all up. Terry was killed by Mexican bandits. The firearms used by these Mexicans were funneled to them by the Obama Justice Department via Operation Fast & Furious. ATF agents intentionally allowed more than 2,500 AK-47’s and other weapons to be purchased and trafficked by known Mexican Cartel members. Terry was one of hundreds of people murdered as a result of this botched up, stupid program. We would not have known about it all had it not been for a whistle-blower by the name of John Dodson. Maybe it is safer for everyone if ATF focused on bump-stocks instead of contriving to kill innocent people on both sides of the border.

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  9. markone1blog Says:

    Great. So he did the cosmetic fix of banning the attachments. Sadly, this can be circumvented by using a belt so as to cause the gun to bounce back. Naturally, the next stop when this does not work will include calls for bans on “assault” weapons.

    Guess what, guys. Any weapon can be called an assault weapon.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      My thought exactly. Did we really need to start going down this road? Yet there is nothing at all on this anywhere… we are talking confiscation. Taking someone’s property and requiring them to destroy it or turn it in. Didn’t I read about this somewhere once before? I must be so out of touch that this upsets me…

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    • terrasmooth Says:

      Remember in the 80’s it was the “Saturday Night Specials” that were so evil. Then it was the “Assault Rifles”; next it will be ‘high powered hunting rifles’ and on down the line.

      It’s all an insatiable process that never addresses the real issue(s) of violence.
      “Sensible Gun Control” is nothing more than low hanging fruit for the intellectually dishonest and intellectually lazy people to virtue signal.

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