By TJ Martinell
Bump stock owners aren’t complying with an illegal federal ban approved through an unconstitutional bureaucratic process via the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to the Washington Times, only 1,000 bump stocks were collected in the run-up to the March deadline. There are between 280,000 to 520,000 bump stocks in circulation, according to the Justice Department.
To give a comparison, the feds would have to replicate that same rate of the collection either 280 or 520 times in order to recover all the remaining bump stocks – and that’s assuming more devices are not secretly manufactured and sold in the meantime.
Why is this important?
It is nullification in effect on an individual level. Hundreds of thousands of people simply said, “We will not comply.”
The pitiful level of compliance with this federal regulation by bump stock owners sends a clear message to D.C. — gun owners won’t comply with a decree violating their right to keep and bear arms even over a mere firearm accessory. It is a forewarning as to what lawmakers and gun grabbers can expect should they attempt to ban the possession of certain firearms disingenuously labeled “assault weapons.”
To comply with this bump stock ban would be to merely encourage further confiscation efforts. But the lack of compliance makes it obvious that the policy is unpopular and would be expensive to enforce.
That is precisely how medical and recreational marijuana was decriminalized by various states. Activists didn’t elect the right people into office. They didn’t persuade D.C. to reject the War on Drugs. They made it impractical and eventually impossible for prohibition to continue in any practical way,
Noncompliance is the best and most effective way to protect our right to keep and bear arms. Just as nullification by states deprives the feds of critical resources and manpower to enforce those laws, individual noncompliance saps whatever resources they have and demonstrates how much of their laws rely on our cooperation.
TJ Martinell is an author, writer, and award-winning reporter from Washington state. His dystopian novel The Stringers depicting a neo-Prohibition Era in the city of Seattle is available on Amazon.
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