This morning, the Final Rule banning bump-stock-type devices was published in the Federal Register. The Rule had been announced last week and just hours after being announced saw its first challenge filed by FICG on behalf of Damien Guedes, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and the Madison Society Foundation.
The Rule is set to take effect in 90 days (Wednesday, March 26, 2019) absent a court enjoining the enactment of the Rule. Prior to the rule taking effect, current owners or possessors of bumpstocks must dispose of or turn in their bumpstock or face criminal prosecution which include a possible punishment of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
ATF has outlined on its website the proper method to destroy a bumpstock. Those methods include completely melting, shredding, or crushing the device. “Bump stocks may also be destroyed by cutting, so long as the bump stock is completely severed in the areas constituting critical design features, denoted by the red lines in the specific model of bump stock destruction diagrams that follow.” Regardless of the method chosen, it must render the device incapable of being readily restored to function.
The other option is for owners to abandon their device at the local ATF area field office prior to the Rule’s effective date.