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Bump Stock Ban - What You Need to Know

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A federal ban on bump stocks has gone into effect today, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.  Issued by the United States Justice Department in December, the rule decided that existing prohibitions against fully automatic weapons also covered bump stocks.

Those in possession of the attachments were given 90 days to turn them in or destroy them. That period ended yesterday, March 25th.  If you are now found in possession of a bump stock you may face the same penalties as anyone found illegally in possession of a non-registered, non-transferable machine gun.  Namely, you can be punished by fines and up to ten (10) years in prison per count.

Unlike transferable machine guns sold to civilians prior to May 19, 1986, which may still legally be bought and sold by private individuals on the secondary market so long as all National Firearms Act rules are followed and the requisite Federal taxes paid (aka Tax Stamps), bump stocks owned prior to March 26, 2019, are not being grandfathered in. 

Private individuals may not continue to possess them and are required to have previously surrendered them to the BATFE or permanently destroy them according to guidelines provided by the BATFE

Those guidelines can be found at the following link, and an attachment of the document (current as of 03/26/2019) is also attached to this post.



We here at TGO HQ are, of course, dismayed by the way that this has developed and hope that rational, calmer minds prevail and that the US Supreme Court will strike down this ruling as the gross overreach of power that it is.  Until that happens, continuing to possess one of these items is of course done at your own risk.


If you have further information that you feel should be included in this thread, send me a Private Message and I will add it - subject to review.


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