Gun Owners of America Warn The President

Gun Owners of America warned the president this week his proposed bump stock ban will endanger gun rights under future administrations.

The advocacy group drafted a letter Wednesday to President Donald Trump, urging him to squash the ban before it turns into a “slippery slope” of regulations against semiautomatic firearms.

“Mr. President, if your administration arbitrarily classifies bump fire stocks as machineguns, consistency would require classifying every pair of Levi’s jeans as machineguns — on the theory that they have belt loops which can be used to enable bump firing,” said GOA Chairman Tim Macy in the letter. “Indeed, ATF would also be required to classify human beings themselves as machineguns, since some shooters are able to bump fire their semiautomatic firearms using nothing more complicated than their trigger finger.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opened the public comment period last month on a proposal to redefine bump stocks as machine guns — two months after Trump publicly pressured the Department of Justice to do so or else “he’d write them out” himself. The accessory, which mimics automatic gun fire, gained notoriety in October after a lone gunman mowed down 58 people and injured more than 850 others on the Las Vegas strip with a dozen rifles modified with the devices.

The new language appears to correct the agency’s previous opinion — issued in 2010 after reviewing a bump stock submitted by Texas-based manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions — that the devices weren’t worth regulating.

Rick Vasquez, the now-retired ATF agent who made the call on bump stocks eight years ago, stood by his decision in October. He criticized the latest proposal, arguing it goes beyond the agency’s authoritative reach.

“The ATF has been directed to write a regulation that is stronger then the law,” he said. “An agency can write regulations, but only Congress can write laws.”

Macy agrees he agency lacks the authority necessary for its proposed ban and reminded the president of the millions of gun owners who elected him — for a reason.

“They are often single-issue voters, and they have good memories,” he said, noting GOA represents 1.5 million members. “They will not tolerate a President who compromises their constitutional rights, just because he felt that ‘something had to be done’ to respond to the latest mass shooting.”

source: guns.com

  • marcus J

    Any Regulation banning or attacking any existing part or accessory like was done in California and other States must be ignored or considered illegal , It is not even considered Pretended Legislation , It is simply illegal for any Government Agency to violate or Infringe upon

  • dan conrad

    Good parenting less bullying by liberals or comsebayoves who insist on their way being the only way and more belief in the goodness of God will.do much more good than regulations or laws

    • dan conrad

      That wierd word is supposed to be conservatives

  • Alan404

    If the president’s seeming support for banning or restricting Bump Stocks is based on direction or action is from advisors or staff types, he very badly needs to do some wholesale “house cleaning”.

    • GomeznSA

      Alan – agreed, I have maintained since the brouhaha over ‘bump stocks’ started that somewhere by someone (or more than one) has been giving DJT bad information and advice regarding them. His statements to the effect that they turn semi autos into machine guns is flat out wrong. I suspect that he is not really all that knowledgeable about guns and is being intentionally mislead. Even with a ‘bump stock’ installed, the shooter still has to know how to bump fire. It is a technique, not hardware.

      • Alan404

        Magazines have to be changed also, a minor detail that seems to escape attention, strange to note.

  • coolman11

    That was a good point by chairman Macy hell let’s go a step further and ban fingers

  • Michael Lumpkins

    Slippery slope once we start down it won’t stop until UN forces are beating in our door

  • Jim

    If laws prevent criminals from wrongdoing, and murder is against the law, then why do evil people still kill other people. Banning guns, knives, clubs, will have no effect on what a criminal will do to harm others for his gain. More gun laws only insure that law abiding citizens will have no protection against criminals, who will still have acquired guns, yes, illegally.

  • Wes

    You can ban or put restrictions on certain items, but we have Constitutional rights that are not to be infringed on and we the people will not accept them period.

    • The Steins

      I don’t think there is any valid basis for letting the gubment ban anything. We don’t give them permission to do so.

  • Dave Bishop

    The point of making certain guns illegal is the ploy to sooner or later make them all illegal, one piece at a time. The more guns you take away from legal gun owners, the more crime goes up. The CDC had a survey that contradicted what the “experts” have said. Instead of 100,000 defensive gun uses a year, the CDC found it was 2.2MILLION defensive gun uses a year. Get rid of gun free zones and let people know that if they come looking to harm people, they, in turn, might be harmed. Bad guys don’t like risking their lives, they just want to bully others.

  • ClarenceDeBarrows

    Mr. President: Two issues, one, a secure border and two, protecting the Second Amendment were critical to American Citizens who voted you into Office. To vacillate on either of these key issues would prove to be the death knell for your reelection. Do not disappoint all the folks who stood strong for you when the media and Washington did everything in their power to defeat you. We believed in you then, and still do. Stand Strong!

  • generalJed

    My suggestion is that the “authorities give us the whole truth when it comes to these mass shootings; especially the Las Vegas cover-up. These cover ups justify conspiracy theories and lead to ever increasing distrust of our government agencies. The FBI, CIA, and NSA attacks on Trump and ordinary citizens does not help either. I’d rather have my guns than trust anyone except Pres. Trump in the government. I’m buying more semi-autos, not less! Remember the Alamo!

  • Joe704

    Many items/devices which could enable conversion to full-auto capability – as defined by the ATF – have been subjected to the National Firearms Act regulations. It is all too easy redefine any firearm you don’t like as a machine gun or Destructive Device (or “assault weapon”?). A bump stock ban would absolutely be misused, perhaps even to include all semi-auto firearms. I love them both, but President Trump and the NRA are wrong on this one.

  • Donna Borum

    You are trying to threten our president, when he is trying to do everything he can to make America great. He is getting it from the left and right. Just take care and get rid of the bad people using the guns and remember you have the best president. Who else do you want. You have to let him make good decisions to. Stop threating him.

  • Donna Borum

    The American people aren’t going to let them take our 2 amendment rights. But we have to do something about people getting hold of guns that mean harm. Use the laws that are made, we don’t press them hard enough. Let the bad guys know we mean business to. Stop the crime and hate in America. Make some examples out of the bad guys to the public and let them know what will happen if they do crime.

    • Alan404

      Donna:

      Re we have to do something … seems to me that I have seen heard and read of this song before. Interestingly, the “something” that needs to be done seems always to impact on the law abiding citizen who chooses to exercise the most basic of civil/constitutional rights, the right to keep defensive weapons. So, if you would, explain such strange goings on. As for the “something” that needs to be done, how about actually punishing armed criminals, by executing them.

  • ramon stanley

    Alan – agreed, I have maintained since the brouhaha over ‘bump stocks’ started that somewhere by someone (or more than one) has been giving DJT bad information and advice regarding them. His statements to the effect that they turn semi autos into machine guns is flat out wrong. I suspect that he is not really all that knowledgeable about guns and is being intentionally mislead

  • Diamond Hall

    Slippery slope once we start down it won’t stop until UN forces are beating in our door