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Old December 21, 2017, 06:30 PM   #1
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Legal theory and ATF reclassification

Rumor has it, the BATFE is going to be starting a public comment period on reclassifying bump stocks and other devices as NFA "machine guns.". (http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201...-machine-guns/)

Let's say they do reclassify them as NFA items. With the Hughes Amendment in place, what would/could happen to currently owned ones? Does the ATF have to grandfather them, reimburse owners for taking them, or neither? Previous laws tended to grandfather items, but since the MG registry is closed, would owners be forced to destroy them? Would that not invoke the takings clause and entitle them to compensation?

I have a passing understanding of a lot of these principles, but not how they would/could interact in practice.
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Old December 21, 2017, 07:23 PM   #2
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Rumors are two for a penny and aren't worth nearly that much. Until there's something concrete we're not going to waste the time.
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Old December 30, 2017, 12:28 AM   #3
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Note:

The ATF has issued a notice requesting information from manufacturers, dealers and consumers. Anyone interested in responding may do so in the manner described in the notice.

I'm not, however, opening this thread for discussion. Discussion at this stage about what form any regulations would take and how they would work would be too speculative to be useful. We can revisit the subject if regulations are proposed.
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