BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by spectre » Sun May 20, 2018 3:55 pm

Soccerdad1995 wrote:
spectre wrote:When they change drug laws to ban additional substances like designer drugs do they include a grandfather clause?
I don't know that the relevant agency has ever specifically opined that a given drug is legal, and then later decided that it is illegal without there being a change in law, so I don't think we have any good precedents here. When things are outlawed, there is frequently a grandfather clause included in the new legislation.
If you're looking for precedent, try the Akins Accelerator.

I agree agencies shouldn't be making laws, or rules/regulations that apply to anybody except employees, but The Black Robes have so far failed to enforce that separation of powers. It would be nice for all of the FDA and EPA rules to vanish in a puff of judicial smoke though. :thumbs2:
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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by MechAg94 » Mon May 21, 2018 8:38 am

Soccerdad1995 wrote:
I don't know that the relevant agency has ever specifically opined that a given drug is legal, and then later decided that it is illegal without there being a change in law, so I don't think we have any good precedents here. When things are outlawed, there is frequently a grandfather clause included in the new legislation.
The way I read the proposed rule, the rule would simply redefine bump stocks as machine guns and they would be illegal. So no grandfather clause, just declaring them illegal.

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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by Paladin » Mon May 21, 2018 8:50 am

Soccerdad1995 wrote:Does anyone know the timeline on these types of rules? Apparently, we have until the end of June to submit comments, which will need to be read, considered, and possibly responded to. Then a final rule would need to be issued, and a timeline established for turning your newly defined "machine gun" in to the government, destroying it, or otherwise disposing of it.

Putting aside the possibility of a court ordered injunction until litigation has run it's course, what kind of time frame are we looking at before it becomes illegal to have a "bump stock" in your possession?

I realize this might not be an exact science. Just looking for a rough estimate.
The more comments, the longer this will take them. Strong, logical objections would push them to modify the rule's language or drop the proposed rule all together.
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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by Soccerdad1995 » Tue May 22, 2018 12:40 pm

spectre wrote:
Soccerdad1995 wrote:
spectre wrote:When they change drug laws to ban additional substances like designer drugs do they include a grandfather clause?
I don't know that the relevant agency has ever specifically opined that a given drug is legal, and then later decided that it is illegal without there being a change in law, so I don't think we have any good precedents here. When things are outlawed, there is frequently a grandfather clause included in the new legislation.
If you're looking for precedent, try the Akins Accelerator.

I agree agencies shouldn't be making laws, or rules/regulations that apply to anybody except employees, but The Black Robes have so far failed to enforce that separation of powers. It would be nice for all of the FDA and EPA rules to vanish in a puff of judicial smoke though. :thumbs2:
Just to make sure I understand, are you saying that the ATF affirmatively stated that the Akins Accelerator was in compliance with all laws. And then the same agency later admitted they were mistaken and that the same thing they originally said was legal, was in fact never legal at all, even though there had been no change in the underlying law?

Because that is exactly what the ATF is now saying with this proposed rule. They are admitting that they screwed up on their original interpretation of the law, and are now saying that those who acted in good faith reliance on that mistaken opinion must forfeit the items that they bought. At a minimum, heads should roll at the ATF for costing their employer (the U.S. public) millions of dollars. I know that I would be out of a job really quickly if I cost the shareholders of my company anywhere near that amount of money.

I'm thinking there should be a lawsuit and a stay on enforcement until a judge can figure out whether this regulatory agency will change their legal interpretation yet again.
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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by MechAg94 » Tue May 22, 2018 2:09 pm

Soccerdad1995 wrote: Just to make sure I understand, are you saying that the ATF affirmatively stated that the Akins Accelerator was in compliance with all laws. And then the same agency later admitted they were mistaken and that the same thing they originally said was legal, was in fact never legal at all, even though there had been no change in the underlying law?

Because that is exactly what the ATF is now saying with this proposed rule. They are admitting that they screwed up on their original interpretation of the law, and are now saying that those who acted in good faith reliance on that mistaken opinion must forfeit the items that they bought. At a minimum, heads should roll at the ATF for costing their employer (the U.S. public) millions of dollars. I know that I would be out of a job really quickly if I cost the shareholders of my company anywhere near that amount of money.

I'm thinking there should be a lawsuit and a stay on enforcement until a judge can figure out whether this regulatory agency will change their legal interpretation yet again.
I agree a lawsuit challenging this would be a good thing. I don't think the NRA will do it. I am not sure about other groups.


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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by Soccerdad1995 » Tue May 22, 2018 2:22 pm

MechAg94 wrote:
Soccerdad1995 wrote: Just to make sure I understand, are you saying that the ATF affirmatively stated that the Akins Accelerator was in compliance with all laws. And then the same agency later admitted they were mistaken and that the same thing they originally said was legal, was in fact never legal at all, even though there had been no change in the underlying law?

Because that is exactly what the ATF is now saying with this proposed rule. They are admitting that they screwed up on their original interpretation of the law, and are now saying that those who acted in good faith reliance on that mistaken opinion must forfeit the items that they bought. At a minimum, heads should roll at the ATF for costing their employer (the U.S. public) millions of dollars. I know that I would be out of a job really quickly if I cost the shareholders of my company anywhere near that amount of money.

I'm thinking there should be a lawsuit and a stay on enforcement until a judge can figure out whether this regulatory agency will change their legal interpretation yet again.
I agree a lawsuit challenging this would be a good thing. I don't think the NRA will do it. I am not sure about other groups.
I'm thinking class action lawsuit maybe? There would be a ton of potential damages just from the loss of value to current owners of this "machine gun".
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Re: BATFE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of proposed rulemaking

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Post by ninjabread » Tue May 22, 2018 6:24 pm

spectre wrote:If you're looking for precedent, try the Akins Accelerator.
Let's not forget BATF rulings 94-1 and 94-2 which made some 12ga shotguns "destructive devices" retroactively.
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