Bump stocks for guns: depending on who you ask, they’re either all the rage or the spawn of Satan himself. The truth about these modification devices is that they are rarely used by serious shooters because they impair accuracy – but does that mean they should be banned altogether? Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it’s important to stay informed on the current changes. Without further adieu, here’s a shortlist of where you can still buy these devices and where they’re now illegal.
• Despite Trump’s announcement to push for bump stock regulation just over a week ago, they remain legal in most states. The ATF considers them a modification only. It also disagrees with the idea that they turn semi-automatics into fully automatic weapons, which have been illegal since 1986. A gun equipped with a bump stock is therefore not considered an automatic, and isn’t illegal.
• Only six states currently designate the bump stock as illegal. This includes California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, Colorado, and South Carolina. In the case of Colorado and South Carolina, illegal status is constrained to only the cities of Denver and Columbia – bump stocks remain legal in the rest of the state.
• Approximately 20 other states are currently considering bans on bump stocks, including Connecticut, Florida, and North Carolina. However, the movement to push for regulations has largely stalled, even after the POTUS announced he would support making the devices illegal. It’s difficult to predict whether these legislation changes will succeed or not.
• Manufacturer Slide Fire remains the biggest maker of bump stocks in the United States. However, it stopped manufacturing the devices shortly after the devastating shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, just last year. While the company has re-initiated the line, demand continues to outpace supply.
• Both Cabela’s and Wal-Mart pulled bump stocks from their offerings earlier in the year. A persistent rumor claims that Bass Pro Shops took the same action, but the company never sold them in the first place.
• Other companies, including Atlantic Firearms and GunBroker.com, continue to sell the devices. Bump Fire Systems also continues to provide access, while Amazon and eBay banned them long before last year’s shooting.
• The ATF’s position that bump stocks do not turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons is clear, but not everyone agrees. A snippet taken from Atlantic Firearm’s website reads, “Why pay $15,000 dollars from a full auto AR15 rifle when you can have the same fun bump firing the Slide Fire Stock on your rifle?” For at least the moment, you can fill your desire for fast shooting by contacting the company directly.