Hump stocks drew national attention last year after an armed man in Las Vegas mounted his weapons with devices to shoot spectators, killing 58 people. President Donald Trump has promised to ban devices shortly after the tragedy, and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have urged him to support a permanent legislative solution.
But the opposition of lawmakers and the National Rifle Association has finally made a regulatory change the only realistic way to achieve the president's goal.
Under the new rule, owners of hump stock would be forced to destroy or return the devices to the authorities. Members of the public will have 90 days to return or, on the contrary, dispose of their jackpot inventory, according to a familiar source of the final settlement.
"Stocks of bullets turn semi-automatic weapons into illegal machine guns.This final rule sends a clear message: illicit weapons have no place in a law enforcement company, and we will continue to vigorously enforce the law to keep these illegal guns off the street, "a senior justice official told CNN on Wednesday.
Acting Director of ATF, Thomas Brandon, acknowledged at a hearing before the Senate this summer that he had been informed that the ban on bump fires by a regulation could lead to court challenges that would delay the implementation of a ban.
In June, Slide Fire Solutions, the Texan company that invented the device for protection against disruptions and was the main manufacturer, announced on its website that it would stop taking orders for its products and close its website.
However, the company is directing buyers to RW Arms, a Texas-based arms dealer that appears to sell the rest of Slide Fire's inventory. RW Arms was advertising the humpback actions made by Slide Fire not later than this week, when they proposed a Cyber Monday sale on the product. Slide Fire has not responded to repeated requests for comments about a potential dispute over a federal rule banning stockpiles.