Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for the GOA announced via his Twitter yesterday (June 25th, 2021) that the previous judgment regarding Gun Owners of America v. Garland has been vacated via a three-judge panel. This essentially means that the panel ruled that bump stocks are not machine guns. This is a victory for the 2nd Amendment community even if you’re not a fan of the bump stock. The battle determining the legality of bump stocks has been raging on for quite some time and the GOA has been working to restore these firearms accessories back to legal status as non-machineguns since they were first banned on March 26th of 2019.
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Bump Stocks are NOT Machine Guns – 6th Circuit Vacates GOA v. Garland
Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a brilliantly written opinion on bump stocks by a three judge panel of the court. But the fight is not over. Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation are committed to combating the lawless ATF at every turn in GOA v. Garland. And as the battle continues, GOA will continue to champion the common-sense decision from the appellate panel that a bump stock is not a machine gun.
–Statement by Snior Vice President Erich Pratt – GOA
No matter your view on whether or not bump stocks are useful and or important to the 2nd Amendment, one thing is for sure – they are not functionally and legally machine guns. The use of a bump stock still requires active manual manipulation of the firearm in order to continue to fire – much like an Echo trigger or Binary trigger still requires you to take further actions in order to fire the next round.
According to a file published by the 6th Circuit Court, the case will be restored and placed back on the docket sheet as pending appeal which should be scheduled for oral argument “as soon as possible.” No doubt the lawyers over at the GOA are preparing for when this day comes. What are your thoughts on this ruling by the 6th Circuit? Would you like to see bump stocks back on the market for sale to gun owners? Let us know down below.