How many bumpstocks were sold before the ban*

In the immediate aftermath of the Vegas shooting, all the buzz was that bumpstocks should & would be banned. Then reports came out that sales had skyrocketed & gun stores couldn’t keep them in stock. I’ve been trying to find out just how many are out there, or at least how many sold after the Vegas shooter made them famous. So does anyone know?

*I’m assuming they are officially banned because I tried to find where to buy them and all the sites said ‘Orders Ceased’ or something to that effect.

A ban on things like bumpstocks only drives sales underground and creates a black market.

Legit gun shops and local tax collection are the only losers. Actual sales probably continue at a normal pace or even increase because of the ban.

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I read the thread title initially as “How Many Broomsticks Were Sold Before the Ban?”

Which, of course, shocked me, since I’m looking at a nice little number, with reclined seating and afterburners, and had not realized that they were now banned.

Thank goodness it’s not what I thought it was.

Your assumption appears to be incorrect. There is no federal ban as yet.

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Aren’t they actually pretty easy to make yourself?

I own a small but successful gun dealership in Wisconsin. Prior to the Vegas shooting we had sold a total of 1 (not including the 2 my brother and I had bought). In the year afterwards when there was talk of a ban we sold 36 which is a large amount for a shop of our size.

Like the 1994 “assault weapons” ban, telling people they may not be able to get something anymore fuels their desire for it even if they previously didn’t want it. I can testify to that first hand.

As of this post there is no federal ban on bump stocks, but some cities and states individually have banned them.

With about $6 worth of wood from a lumber store. Or a quick and dirty one using rubber bands or a belt loop. Can anyone answer if the places that banned bump stocks included homemade ones in the law?

And did they just ban the stocks or did they also ban the technique of bump firing? With a little practice one can shoot a semi-auto rifle like full auto no bump stock needed. Do those ban laws include that as well anyone know?

They are, however, banned in several States, including California where the OP lives. He didn’t say anything about a Federal ban. His assumption was correct.

A search of Californias exhausting, confusing, and somewhat all encompassing gun laws makes it appear that bump stocks were illegal there before the Vegas shooting.
I could be wrong, but like I said, Californias laws on guns are exhausting, confusing, and somewhat all encompassing. It’s hard to determine WTF is legal and WTF is not legal there and when, and what.

Ok that’s interesting, thanks! How many guns do you normally sell during this same time frame? What’s the population of the general area you serve?

I heard a statistic that there is at least one gun for every man, woman, and child in America. 1:1 Anyone know the ratio of bumpstock to Americans?

This article claims that they have been explicitly illegal in CA since 1990.

I’d have to go into my bound book and do a count for that year. It can average between 100-250per year. The large variance has to do with what’s going on politically. When Obama first got elected we sold tons of so called “assault weap:rolleyes:ns”. But we also sold ammunition by the pallet loads. He was great for business and he really didn’t do anything.

Sales increased when the waiting period was repealed. People were more apt to buy when they knew they could have it right then and there.

The city my shop is in has a population of about 32K. But it’s in SE Wisconsin and the surrounding vicinity includes the Milwaukee metro area. We also sell at gun shows and online. as well as on premises.

We also make a large amount of profit from from accessories, ammo and such than from actual gun sales.
Back in the 80’s and 90’s we sold a zillion hell fire devices. They were less than a quarter of the cost of a bump stock. But they didn’t work as well.