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ATS Submits Comment to ATF

Friday, July 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Claire Etheridge
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On June 26, the ATS submitted comments to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in the matter of Docket No. 2017R-22. The comments of the American Trauma Society were:


The American Trauma Society (ATS), a national membership organization comprised of hospitals and trauma centers, doctors, nurses, and other health care practitioners, as well as hundreds of trauma victims and their family members, is dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. Our members have first hand experience in dealing with the effects of the use and misuse of firearms. The carnage of October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV was entirely preventable had it not been for the devices known as “bump stocks” discussed in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed rulemaking announcement, 2018-06292 published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2018. Bump stocks enable persons to circumvent existing laws that regulate access to automatic weapons by civilians.


The ATS fully supports efforts by the DOJ and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to clarify that ‘‘bump fire’’ stocks, slide-fire devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics (bump-stock-type devices) are ‘‘machineguns’’ as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) and to totally ban ANY device that converts an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun by functioning as a self- acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.


While we acknowledge that regulation alone will not control persons with nefarious and murderous intent, we believe that removing civilian access to bump stocks is an important first step to protecting all Americans and we applaud the Agency’s ongoing efforts in this regard.


Respectfully Submitted,

Christopher Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM President
American Trauma Society
201 Park Washington Court

Falls Church, VA 22046-4527 Ph: 703-538-3544 

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