In the article, House GOP: No need for Bump stock ban, Representative Casada stated that Tennessee has no need to ban bump stocks because the Federal government is going to take care of it (2). If the Federal government is going to take care of it then why are there already 10 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. that have some kind of ban on bump stocks (1)? The Washington Post reported in January that the ATF said they cannot regulate bump stocks unless Congress changes the law (5). In February, the AP reported that gun manufacturers and owners will likely sue if the ATF bans bump stocks without legislation from Congress (3). Plus, long legal battles will ensue while the devices remain on the market. Congress already failed to enact this legislation last year. Chances are slim that Congress will enact bump stock legislation this year. So, the TN House can feel free to ban bump stocks because waiting for Congress to do something may take an eternity. Finally, Casada said enacting this legislation would “be for show (2).” He can show Tennesseans that he cares for their safety by banning bump stocks. Instead, Casada seems to be putting on “a show” for the NRA to maintain his A+ rating (4).
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- Ebert, J. (2018, March 16). House GOP: No need for Bump stock ban. Knoxville News Sentinel, 13A.
- Sessions: Justice Dept. can ban bump stocks with regulation. (2018, February 27). Associated Press. Retrieved March 17, 2018 from, voanews.com
4. Vote Smart (n.d.) Glen Casada’s Ratings and Endorsements. Retrieved March 17, 2018 from votesmart.org
5. Zezima, K. (2018, January 18). Facing congressional inaction, states move to ban bump stocks. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2018 from washingtonpost.com