The BATFE Wants to Hear From You — “Bump Fire” Stocks

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition. Before doing so, the DOJ and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.


Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 2018. Commenters should be aware that the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not accept comments after Midnight Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the comment period.


You may submit comments, identified by docket number (2017R-22), by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Click Here

Fax: (202) 648-9741

Mail: Vivian Chu, Mailstop 6N-518, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC 20226. ATTN: 2017R-22

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All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANRPM). All comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal,, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation section of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

What are your views regarding bump fire stocks? Do you think they need to be regulated? Share your answers in the comment section.


Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business,, and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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  1. I think if you regulate the bump fire stocks, they should be made so the law biding citizens can obtain them thru ATF. Such as applying and purchasing a tax stamp and waiting for approval. Do not punish the law biding citizens of America because of mentally deranged deviants, and scumbag criminals who do not respect our laws and who commit these heinous crimes.

    1. What purpose does the Bump stock have besides wasting a lot ammo and giving the anti gun people some more thing to crap about.

  2. A bump stock does not make it a machine gun it is just an accessory! If they ban this where will it stop when every thing is banned !

    1. We need to quit producing accessories that do little to promote the shooting trade. Common sense tells us the Bump stock is an unnecessary accessory.

  3. It is people who should be regulated, stiffer laws on people who used weapons in a crime automatically get 25 years in jail, kill somebody death penalty. people who make straw purchases give them 5 years and 50000.00 Dollar fine and if they can’t pay that add another 5 years in jail.

  4. I have been shooting and loading for rifles for some 59 years. I have recently purchased an AR and though I think some people think they need a proxy machine gun I really think they are totally unnecessary. The M-16 was used in the Vietnam war as a point and unload machine gun but was changed to fire several rounds but not to be a machine gun. If the Bump stock is really necessary then what about a rifle that actually is a flame thrower or do we need a AR platform rifle that launches RPG projectiles. People get real.

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