We reported just 2 days ago that Gunbroker.com had decided to delete and effectively ban all auctions of SlideFire, BumpFire and similarly related stocks from their website. Now, in an attempt to follow suit with their industry comrades, the NRA (National Rifle Association) and NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation), they have reversed their decision and will allow such auctions to exist.
The following message was e-mailed out to Gunbroker users outlining these thoughts:
Dear Gunbroker User,
As the public face of internet gun sales, GunBroker.com works closely with the NRA, NSSF, and other industry organizations on matters of public policy. Initial reaction from the industry was that support of bump stocks was PR disaster. However, the industry and NRA have softened their stance and asked regulators and Congress to make a decision as to whether or not these items are legal. As a result we have changed our position to allow the items to be sold as long as they are sold in full compliance with state and local laws.
As a seller you should be aware that bump stocks / slide stocks are not firearms and are almost certainly not protected by the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act (PLCAA). This means that if you choose to sell these items and get sued over their use or misuse, you will not have the PLCAA to protect you.
Be aware that bump stocks / slide stocks may not be legal in every state and we have not been able to fully assess what jurisdictions in which they may be outlawed. It would be wise to research the local in state laws into which you intend to ship these items to avoid entering into an illegal transaction.
The Management of GunBroker.com
As you can read above, Gunbroker has opened up the flood gates for people to begin gouging prices on SlideFire, BumpFire and similarly related stocks again. TFB’s Corey touched base on this unique scenario of supply, demand and speculation.
It is interesting to see Gunbroker allude to the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act in their e-mail sent out to users. It is also a bit ominous that they state sellers will not be protected by the PLCAA.
With the NRA, NSSF and high profile websites like Gunbroker leaving the decision of SlideFire and BumpFire stocks up to our legislators as to whether they will be legal or not, it leaves consumers in a tight spot. This, once again, directly ties into the speculation that Corey highlighted 2 days ago.
Time will tell the fate of SlideFire and BumpFire stocks. So the only true question that remains is… How bad do you want one?… If, at all?….