Hudsonville man named in bump stock lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Hudsonville man has joined Second Amendment rights groups in suing the federal government over its new ban on bump stocks.

Matt Watkins is one of three individuals named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Grand Rapids’ federal court. Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners Foundation and Virginia Citizens Defense League are also listed as plantiffs in the case.

>>PDF: Bump stock ban lawsuit

The groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over a move to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic weapons.

The Second Amendment groups are calling on a judge to rule bump-fire stocks are not machine guns, and stop the ATF from enforcing its ban, which would make it illegal to own a bump stock beginning in late March.

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