Damn, you can’t buy a bump stock anywhere. At least for the time being. It isn’t because legislation has been passed banning the devise that turns a semiautomatic weapon into a gun capable of firing 400-800 rounds a minute. It’s that demand has outstripped supply.
From Atlantic Firearms in Bishopville, Maryland:
We are sold out at this time & do expect more. Please enter your Email & we will notify you.
And from a manufacturer (Bump Fire Systems, Moran, Texas):
Due to extremely high demands, we have temporarily stopped taking orders to better ensure customer service. (Emphasis mine.)
It has been over three weeks since Stephan Paddock killed 58 and wounded 500 in Las Vegas. Legislation was introduced in Congress to ban the manufacture, sale and use of bump stocks, twelve of which were found in the gunman’s hotel room. No votes yet on the bill, according to The Hill:
… it’s unclear whether GOP leaders in the House and Senate will want to move the bipartisan bill forward, despite growing support among Republicans for banning bump stocks. Some GOP lawmakers have asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives to consider using regulatory routes to ensure that bump stocks and similar devices are banned.*
Republican leadership is passing the buck. After all, there are millions of dollars in NRA campaign contributions at stake. Missoula’s own Gary Marbut, head of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, weighed in on the debate.
The issue here is yet another assault on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The people control crowd see banning these devices as low-hanging political fruit in the emotionally charged aftermath of Las Vegas. They have zero intent to limit their ratcheting away of the RKBA with just banning bump fire stocks. That’s just what they think they can get away with right now … The bills to accomplish (additional restrictions) are already written, just waiting for an inflammatory incident to launch them.
An inflammatory incident? That’s one way to describe the massacre in Las Vegas. And Orlando. And Umpqua, And Charleston. And Aurora, And Sandy Hook. And …
Marbut, like the NRA, uses the “slippery slope” argument to keep these instruments of mass destruction available to madmen. Again, Marbut:
In the broader context, a ban on bump fire stocks is just another attack on individual liberty. Why does anyone “need” a car that will go faster than 65 MPH. Why does anyone “need” to be able to send uncensored emails or make uncensored Online posts? Why does anyone really “need” the privacy of their persons, papers, or homes, if they’re not criminals? Why does anyone “need” to own his or her own property or live outside an urban apartment? This list is endless too, and all or these are on the chopping block designed by those who want us all subservient to a tyrannous government.
You betcha. Ban bump stocks and the next thing you know, the “tyrannous government” will be taking away your property and forcing you to live in crappy urban apartments. Marbut closes with this:
Contact all three of Montana’s congressional delegation today, Senator Tester, Senator Daines, and Congressman Gianforte. Tell them NO inroads on the RKBA, zero, none. Tell them we are all watching closely.
On this, Marbut and I are in full agreement: contact the Montana congressional delegation today. My message will be a tad different, though. Any candidate who doesn’t support a ban on bump stocks or still accepts NRA money after the Las Vegas massacre will lose my vote. As a matter of fact, I’ll do my best to see that candidate is defeated. And I, too, will be watching closely.
*The ATE does not have the regulatory authority to ban bump stocks.