U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES STAY OF FEDERAL BUMP STOCK BAN
The new federal regulations
banning bump stocks went into effect on March 26, 2019. For more
information on the bump stock ban, please visit our website. Gun Owners of America had filed a lawsuit in the
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on December 26, 2018
and sought a preliminary injunction preventing the new bump stock ban from
going into effect until its lawsuit was decided. The District Court
waited almost three months, until March 22, 2019, before denying the
preliminary injunction. On March 25, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Sixth Circuit denied an emergency motion to stay the bump stock ban from
going into effect pending disposition of an appeal from the order denying the
motion for a preliminary injunction. Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme
Court denied a petition for an emergency stay of the bump stock ban.
Accordingly, as of March 26, 2019, bump stocks have been classified as machine guns and possession of them is banned by federal law. The mere possession of a bump stock is a federal felony. Based on the last minute denials of the motions for a preliminary injunction staying the bump stock ban from going into effect, it is illegal to continue to possess bump stocks, even if the ban is ultimately overturned by the courts. Renzulli Law Firm will continue to monitor the status of the legal challenges to the federal bump stock ban. If you need assistance determining what to do with bump stocks that you may still have in inventory, including bump stock kits, and firearms with bump stocks installed on them, please contact John Renzulli or Christopher Renzulli.