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Company Claims to Have Defeated Pending Bumpstock Ban with Replacement Product

The government is moving to ban so-called bumpstock devices, but at least one company claims…

  • February 15, 2019

The government is moving to ban so-called bumpstock devices, but at least one company claims to have found a way around the ban with an innovative new product.

Bumpstocks were little-known gun accessories before the horrific Las Vegas shooting in 2017, when 58 people were killed and 851 injured by a gunman using a bumpstock.

If you’re unfamiliar with how a bumpstock works, think of it as a device added to a semi-automatic firearm that allows the user to fire it at a very high rate – similar to the rate of fire achieved by a fully automatic weapon.

Americans were horrified by the carnage wrought by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting. Various polls taken since the shooting show a clear majority of Americans in favor of banning the devices. In fact, the maker of the device used in the Las Vegas shooting announced in 2018 that it would cease production of the devices.

In March, 2018, the Department of Justice announced a plan to classify bump stocks as “machine guns” and effectively ban them nationwide. That ban is supposed to take effect this March.

Still, where some see a horrific device that has no legitimate use, others see a perfectly legitimate product for shooters.

A New Bumpstock-Like Device

One such company is Lord Rockwell LLC, which has announced their new Not-A-Bumpstock device that it said complies with new regulations banning bumpstocks published in December.

According to Lord Rockwell:

“Like bumpstocks, the patent pending Not-A-Bumpstock uses a one-piece grip and stock body that slides relative to the firearm, but incorporates other features that break up the shooting pattern described in the new regulations, effectively side-stepping the regulatory attempt. Lord Rockwell will reveal full details of the product in February.”

The company said the device was primarily designed as a shooting aid for helping disabled people shoot again, and shoot very fast. “This would include some disabled veterans, elderly, people with low dexterity, missing fingers, amputees, double amputees, etc.,” the company said, in a statement.

“Disabled shooters have a right to bear arms too,” says company owner Audrey Billingsley. “We appreciate President Trump’s desire to enhance public safety. A bumpstock ban will not enhance public safety, but will create over 500,000 new felons.”

Will This Work?

It’s too early yet to tell whether the “bumpstock ban” will work to take these types of devices off the market.

Lord Rockwell said it will be going through the customary process of submitting the device to the ATF’s technology branch for review of compliance with laws and regulations. This can be a multi-month process and orders will not be fulfilled until approval is acknowledged.

So, there is still some time for DOJ to react to this new type of “bumpstock-like device”.

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