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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Special Advisory

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Contact: Office of Public Affairs

Maryland Law Restricting “Rapid Fire Trigger Activators”

WASHINGTON – Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Maryland Senate Bill 707.  This new statute restricts possession in Maryland of “rapid fire trigger activators,” defined as any device, including a bump stock, that increases a firearm’s rate of fire, or the rate at which the trigger is activated.  The statute specifically prohibits any person from transporting a rapid-fire trigger activator into Maryland, or manufacturing, possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving a rapid-fire trigger activator in the State. The statute also contains a provision that purports to allow Maryland residents already in possession of a device covered by the law to continue to possess that device in Maryland if they file an application for “authorization” to possess the device with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) before October 1, 2018. 
Maryland residents who intend to file applications with ATF for “authorization” to possess devices covered by the statute should be aware that ATF is without legal authority to accept and process such an application.  Consequently, ATF respectfully requests that Maryland residents not file applications or other requests for “authorization” from ATF to possess rapid fire trigger activators as defined in the State statute.  Any such applications or requests will be returned to the applicant without action.  ATF regrets any confusion and inconvenience caused by the provisions of the Maryland statute that mistakenly indicate ATF has the authority to approve possession of devices covered by the statute.

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