WFB: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives refused to release the details of how the agency planned to enforce the bump-stock ban that went into effect on Tuesday and the number of bump stocks that have been turned in to them, if any.
“ATF is not discussing who has or has not abandoned bump stocks to ATF,” Jasmine Reed, an ATF spokesperson, told the Washington Free Beacon. “We would enforce any item that meets the definition of ‘machinegun’ under Title 27. Since bump-stock-type devices meet this definition it will be enforced as such.”
The ATF would not say whether or not it would make any concerted effort to contact those who had legally purchased bump stocks before the Trump administration unilaterally reinterpreted the definition of “machinegun” in order to incorporate the devices, effectively outlawing their possession. The ATF did not comment on whether or not it would attempt to obtain bump-stock sales records or if it had any specific plan to find those who refuse to destroy or turn in their devices.
The Department of Justice did not respond to a comment request containing similar questions.
The ATF said other law enforcement agencies may be collecting bump stocks but it did not have any data reflecting that.
“It is possible that other law enforcement entities at the state, county, local, and tribal level are also accepting bump stocks from the public,” Reed said. “There is no requirement for individuals to report alternative site turn in to ATF.” MORE