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The Full Story On The Destruction of Bump Stocks

Fort Worth based retailer, RW Arms, turned in their entire inventory of bump stocks to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Tuesday, March 26th, to be destroyed, in compliance with the Bump Stock Ban. RW Arms will transfer 73,000 bump stocks to American Shredder in Fort Worth, Texas, to be shredded and recycled under the supervision of ATF agents.

On December 18, 2018

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives moved to ban on the possession and sale of bump stock into process.

December 26, 2018: Bump Stock Ban Signed into Federal Registry

The new law was issued by the Department of Justice and published in the Federal Register on December 26.

“The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to clarify that bump-stock-type devices—meaning “bump fire” stocks, slide-fire devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics—are “machineguns” as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 because such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger. Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter. Hence, a semiautomatic firearm to which a bump-stock-type device is attached is able to produce automatic fire with a single pull of the trigger. With limited exceptions, the Gun Control Act, as amended, makes it unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun unless it was lawfully possessed prior to the effective date of the statute. The bump-stock-type devices covered by this final rule were not in existence prior to the effective date of the statute, and therefore will be prohibited when this rule becomes effective. Consequently, under the final rule, current possessors of these devices will be required to destroy the devices or abandon them at an ATF office prior to the effective date of the rule.”

March 26, 2019: The Ban on Bump Stocks goes into effect

The new rule states that “bump-stock-type devices” are covered by the Gun Control Act of 1936. The new ban went into effect on March 26, 2019. This new law makes possession or sale of bump stocks punishable by 10 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for each violation.

The new law is a gross infringement on the 2nd Amendment rights of all law abiding American citizens. It also sets a dangerous precedent that allows future administrations to draft new laws to limit or outlaw the possession of firearms.

April 8, 2019: RW Arms files Federal Lawsuit against the Government

RW Arms, Ltd has filed a federal lawsuit seeking monetary damages for the fair market value of the 73,436 bump stocks it destroyed in compliance with the Bump Stock Ban that went into effect on Tuesday, March 26th. The ban, which was enacted by the Trump administration, reclassifies bump stock devices as machine guns, and therefore subject to regulation as part of the Gun Control Act of 1968. The rule requires that previously lawful owners destroy or surrender the device without compensation or be subject to a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation.

RW Arms joins retailer The Modern Sportsman in suing the federal government for this taking without just compensation. The lawsuit alleges that the regulation, which forces lawful owners to destroy or surrender the device, is a physical taking of their property without just compensation in violation of the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Their case captioned The Modern Sportsman et al., v. United States, was filed on March 29th in the Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C.

 

“Without legislation, the government was able to overturn the previous ruling on bump stocks effectively turning law abiding gun owners into felons overnight if they were not turned in or destroyed,” said Michael Stewart of RW Arms. “This is an injustice, overreach, and infringement on our 2nd amendment and 5th amendment rights. We appreciate the work of Gun Owners of America and Firearms Policy Coalition for continuing to fight for our rights. We at RW Arms have been working behind the scenes preparing for this fight and have now filed lawsuit against the government to protect our rights and the rights of our customers from being infringed any further.”

RW Arms is a wholesaler, distributor and retailer of firearms accessories and components, including high capacity magazines, performance triggers, scopes and parts for semi-automatic rifles. We appreciate the support that we have received and thank you for your business. As a small 100% veteran owned and operated company, we value your loyalty and cherish the 2nd amendment. RW Arms will continue to bring leading and innovating products to the marketplace.

April 12, 2019: The Truth About Bump Stocks with Chad Prather

Mark Maxwell and Mike Stewart sued the U.S. government after being forced to destroy over 73,000 bump stocks. Now they’ve launched a campaign to fight for their Second Amendment rights. These co-founders of RW Arms join Chad Prather and the Studio 22 crew to talk about their story and the road ahead.

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May 1, 2019: RW Arms joins Wayne Allyn Root Program

RW Arms owner Mark Maxwell joins the Wayne Allyn Root program to talk about the bump stock ban, the infringement on our 2nd amendment and 5th amendment rights, and how RW Arms will continue to push through this adversity.