When campaigning, Donald Trump repeatedly said he would protect the Second Amendment. Instead, he continues to push ahead on bump stock regulations which would turn 500,000 gun owners into felons. Even the NRA has announced support for banning bump stocks. And the regulations would arguably do the same for the millions of Americans who own semi-automatic rifles. This is in addition to signing the “Fix NICS” infested omnibus bill that will send millions of new names to the national gun ban list.
Trump’s proposed regulation — currently open for comment — would make possession of all bump stocks illegal. The regs would define bump stocks as “machineguns.” And, under the Hughes Amendment (18 U.S.C. 922(o)), every “machinegun” manufactured after May 1986, is banned for civilian use with no grandfather clause or no grace period.
This means every bump stock owner immediately becomes a felon, subject to a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison. No one knows the exact number of citizens who own bump stocks but it is known that the minimum is 500,000.
This is a level of hatred for the Second Amendment that neither Lyndon Johnson nor Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama evidenced. Clinton’s semi-automatic ban — as odious as it was — didn’t criminalize pre-existing semi-automatic owners.
Trump’s Regulations Can Affect AR-15s. If the proposed regulations can erroneously deem AR-15/bump stock fire to be “automatic fire,” then a future anti-gun administration could easily deem AR-15s as full automatics under those circumstances.
Under 26 U.S.C. 5845(b), any firearm that can be “readily restored” or “converted” to fire automatically IS a “machinegun.” Period. End of story. And, as with bump stocks, there would be no grace period or grandfather clause for post-1986 semi-automatic rifles.