If you own or possess a bump stock for an AR-15 or AK-47 rifle you could face Federal arrest and prosecution if you do not immediately destroy it. The ATF has posted diagrams of the acceptable way of destroying them. You may have paid good money for one of these devices, but if you get caught with one, you are facing penalties for illegal possession of a machine gun. This can land you in Federal prison under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. It is simply not worth it. Destroy them now.
As a Federal criminal defense lawyer I am advising you to destroy them now. What you face in terms of arrest, jail time and legal fees is simply not worth it. You may be thinking, “no one knows I have it”, “I hate to throw away the money”, but, you have to bite the bullet and permanently get rid of it by way of destruction. Do not try and sell it or even give it away. You can expect the ATF to begin tracing the people who purchased these over the Internet. Basically, the Feds have determined that there is no legitimate domestic need or use in making a select fire assault rifle fully automatic. The Las Vegas mass shooting is responsible for this clarification of the law.
Over the years, at our Ft. Myers criminal defense firm we have handled many types of firearms cases, including silencers and other types of destructive devices. The Federal Courts come down hard on these types of violations and it is not worth going to jail for possessing something that you think is “cool”. The same goes for silencers. I have been in Court when a Federal prosecutor argues to a judge that a silencer is an instrument of death. People claim that there is a legitimate use in hunting or target practice, but the truth is that these weapons are intended for one primary purpose. I am a believer in the Second Amendment and handle lots of firearms cases, but you really need to think twice about violating a Federal firearms law.
Many people are not going to comply with this new regulation. If you illegally possess one of these devices, you run the risk of accidently getting caught with it in your home or in your car. If you are reading this blog too late and need help give us a call at 239 334 8890