RELEASE: GOA to Trump: Bump Stock Regulations are “Radical Change”

May 1, 2018
For immediate release

GOA to Trump: Bump Stock Regulations are “Radical Change”

Springfield, VA – Gun Owners of America (GOA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to regulate bump stocks.

Tim Macy, chairman of GOA, writes, “These regulations are proposing a radical change — as they effectively define a gun as a machinegun even if the trigger resets for every round that is fired, so long as the finger only pulls the trigger once.”

Macy notes how these regulations can be used to ban popular semi-automatic firearms.

“So while bump stock devices will now be treated as machineguns under these regulations, these regs also threaten to do the same to AR-15s or other semi-automatic rifles, particularly in the next anti-gun administration,” Macy writes. “I don’t believe that [Trump wants] to ban every semi-automatic rifle in America. But under an anti-gun Democrat administration, they could be on the brink of extinction because of these regulations.”

“Gun Owners of America has not and never will accept the premise that Second Amendment rights can be infringed… Rather, the Second Amendment sets forth its own standard of review: ‘shall not be infringed.’ It is clear that bump stocks cannot be regulated under the law, and may not be regulated without infringing the Second Amendment rights of Americans,” Macy concluded.

The letter, which can be read in its entirety here, was also sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Tim Macy, or another GOA spokesperson, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over 1.5 million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Newsroom.

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