In response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would ban bump stocks, the external accessory that simulates automatic fire when attached to a semi-automatic firearm. One problem for this approach is that bump stocks are rather easy to make at home with a relatively inexpensive 3D printer.
In line with big-government beliefs, Democrats want to “do something.” Whether or not that action will produce the desired result is never considered. Rather, the action in and of itself is what matters. Feinstein’s proposed legislation is a perfect example.
How to 3D print your own bump stock at home
Legislation concerning firearms generally falls into one of two categories. Either the law will grandfather in existing weapons, or it will prohibit them outright and require citizens to turn them over.
In its current iteration, the Feinstein bump stock bill falls into the second category. If the bill passed, bump stocks would be entirely prohibited under federal law and those who own them would be compelled to relinquish them to law enforcement authorities.
In anticipation, the market has responded to prepare for a future government ban.
Unlike other parts of a firearm, bump stocks have no internal moving parts. A consumer-grade 3D printer can make a bump stock in minutes that is of the same quality as one purchased from a retailer.
The only technical requirement for printing this particular bump stock is an eight by eight by eight inch printing area. There are a variety of 3D printers available for only a few hundred dollars that have a printing area of that size.
View the video embedded at the bottom of this article for a demonstration of this particular 3D printed bump stock in action.
Before you 3D print a bump stock, check your state’s laws
Bump stocks are currently illegal in California and many other “blue” states. The law in California is intentionally broad and prohibits all “multiple burst trigger activators.” While many laws may not specifically name bump stocks, the wording is not ambiguous enough to make gun owners willing to test it.
Furthermore, if Congress does pass Diane Feinstein’s bill to ban bump stocks nationwide, 3D printing your own at home would be illegal.