Nearly Half of America’s Attorneys General Support Gun Owners of America on Bump Stock SCOTUS Petition


April 07, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Gun Owners of America (GOA) received support from 22 State Attorneys General today with an amicus brief in favor of GOA’s Supreme Court petition challenging the reclassification of a bump stock as a machine gun.

Last month on March 4th, GOA filed a petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court challenging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ (ATF) 2018 reclassification of bump stocks as “machine guns.” GOA’s petition argues that the ATF circumvented Congress in their attempt to create new federal law. Its overly broad definition of “machinegun” could be used to ban other legal firearms.

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, commented, “When you give the government a step, it takes a mile. With nearly half of our country’s top law enforcers supporting us on our petition to the Supreme Court on bump stocks, it shows that Americans want the government to stop trampling on our right to keep and bear arms. Anti-gun bureaucrats have no business chipping away at the Second Amendment, and we at GOA will continue to challenge anyone who tries.”

With Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen leading the charge on the amicus brief, Attorneys General from the following states have signed as petitioners on GOA’s behalf: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

GOA is also thankful for the other amici who joined the brief, including the New Civil Liberties Alliance, as well as David Codrea, Scott Heuman, and Owen Monroe at the time of release.

GOA spokesmen are available for interviews. Gun Owners of America, and its sister organization Gun Owners Foundation, are nonprofits dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.