Own a bump stock? You have 90 days to turn them all in, or face jail time for owning a “machine gun.”
The Trump Administration, at the behest of organizations like the National Rifle Association and Everytown for Gun Safety, have implemented the long awaited rule banning the firearm accessories.
As Big League Politics reported back in February, President Donald Trump’s call for banning bump stocks comes on the heel of the NRA supporting a ban on the accessory after the Las Vegas shooting.
This move was surprising to most Second Amendment-supporting Trump supporters. But in reality, it shouldn’t have been. The National Rifle Association (NRA), who spent over $30 million supporting Trump’s run for President, has a long record of supporting gun control, especially in the past year.
Immediately following last years Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead, the NRA called for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) to look into bump stocks, and review whether they comply with Federal law. In the statement, the NRA also expressed their support for additional regulations on bump stocks, falling short of declaring their support for a full ban.
So the news from today shouldn’t be overly surprising to anybody.
For gun rights supporters, it is an act of betrayal from a President who ran claiming he would be the most pro-gun President in modern history.
The ban itself goes farther than many were expecting it to.
In order to ban “bump stocks,” it changes their entire classification from being a simple gun accessory, with no real special classification, to being a machine gun, therefore being highly illegal to possess.
Those who currently own a bump stock, which the Department of Justice believes to be tens of thousands of individuals, will have ninety days to turn them in to the ATF or destroy them.
“People who posses them will be required to destroy them, or they may turn them in to ATF [within] 90 days,” the order says.
BREAKING — Justice Department is issuing its final rule today that bans bump stocks, according to DOJ official, who tells reporters there are 10s of thousands in US.
"People who posses them will be required to destroy them, or they may turn them in to ATF [within] 90 days.” pic.twitter.com/jIfbf74TWi
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) December 18, 2018
It is this portion that is causing the NRA to back away from the ban they were the ones championing.
They wanted to have a sort of “grandfathering” process for those who currently own the devices, as stated by the NRA’s Jennifer Baker:
“We are disappointed that this final rule fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans who relied on prior ATF determinations when lawfully acquiring these devices. As we recommended to the ATF in our comments on the proposed rule Congress made it possible for the Attorney General to provide amnesty for firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. The Attorney General should have exercised that authority to provide a period of amnesty under this rule.”
It seems that the NRA is trying to have their cake, and eat it too.
Despite being a major factor in the ban being in effect, they also want to have gun owners look at them as defenders of the Second Amendment. But they can’t have it both ways.
But not all organizations professing to support the Second Amendment were supporting the ban. Both the National Association for Gun Rights, and Gun Owners of America have been fighting it since day one.
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New Mexico Will Be Newest State to Enact Unconstitutional ‘Red Flag’ Gun Confiscation
The 2nd Amendment is under attack like never before.
The state of New Mexico will be the next state to enact red flag laws that will strip due process rights from gun owners and confiscate their weapons based on an edict from a judge.
The New Mexico state house approved a red flag bill by a 39-31 vote last week. Having previously been passed in the state senate by a 22-20 margin earlier this month, the legislation will be placed on the desk of Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is a massive proponent of red flag laws and expected to enthusiastically sign the bill into law.
“We have an obligation to every single New Mexican, every single family, every single child that we do everything in our power that can provide just that additional layer of safety and public support,” Lujan Grisham said about her support of red flag laws.
The legislation was not passed unanimously by all Democrats in the state house, as legislators Harry Garcia of Grants, Raymundo Lara of Chamberino, Willie Madrid of Chaparral, Rudy Martinez of Bayard, Patricio Ruiloba of Albuquerque, Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde and Candie Sweetser of Deming joined Republicans in opposing the bill.
New Mexico will be the 18th state, along with Washington D.C., to pass this unconstitutional measure that eviscerates multiple amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Counties are passing resolutions to urge Gov. Lujan Grisham not to sign the bill into law.
“Senate Bill 5 and House Bill 7 make criminals of innocent citizens and deprive them of due process of law by making it a criminal offense for gun-owners living with a person made subject to a Red Flag order to not secure their guns from that person, even if the gun owner had no knowledge of the Red Flag order or had no control over another person’s actions,” a resolution passed in Lincoln County states.
In addition to Lincoln County, the counties of Otero and Torrence have passed resolutions condemning red flag laws. Doña Ana County passed a resolution in favor of the anti-constitutional measures.
Big League Politics has highlighted some of the worst abuses stemming from red flag laws that have occurred throughout the country, including a military veteran who lost his weapons due to a case of mistaken identity in Florida; a doctor snitching on a patient who was suing him so his guns would be confiscated in New Jersey; an Iraq War veteran who lost his guns after protesting the governor while wearing a MAGA hat in Oregon; and a man who lost his life when police came to confiscate his guns in Maryland.
Sadly, it will not be long before these kind of heinous abuses come to the state of New Mexico. Lujan Grisham is expected to sign the legislation into law in the upcoming days.
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