Over on the homepage, I have a piece arguing that we should treat “bump stocks,” which enable a common semiautomatic rifle to fire almost as quickly as a fully automatic weapon, the same way we treat full autos under federal law. This means grandfathering the devices that are already legally owned but stopping more from entering the market.
I believe Congress should make this change. The National Rifle Association, in an admirable statement that must have been difficult for the organization to make, proposes achieving a similar end through different means:
“Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”