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ATF Bump Stock Ruling

Bump Stock Ruling

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announces that the Department of Justice has amended the regulations of ATF, clarifying that bump stocks fall within the definition of “machine gun” under federal law.

What You Should Know?

  • Bump-stock-devices allow a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single trigger pull.
  • The new rule goes into effect 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.


What’s Next?

ATF has created a new page to discuss options available for current owners of bump-stock-type firearms to allow them time to get rid of them by the effective date of the final rule. Owners can destroy the device by either melting, shredding, or crushing it. To learn more about destroying the devices, visit

The second option for owners is to turn them in. It is preferred that owners contact their nearest ATF office to make an appointment. To find the location of your nearest ATF office visit:


From the Editor:  These were typically sold with a copy of a letter certifying this device as LEGAL.  I don’t own one, but if I owned one, and I had the letter saying it was legal, I would demand it be grand-fathered in some way.  I am totally opposed to owning something that is legal one day and being told the next day to destroy it.


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