Trump's DOJ Moves to Ban Manufacture and Possession of Bump Stocks
12 March, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Dustin Murphy
The Trump administration said Saturday it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban bump stocks, likely setting the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while the trigger devices remain on the market. "To that end, the Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines "machinegun" to include bump stock type devices".
Shooter Stephen Paddock was in possession of a "bump stock" after a shooting rampage in Las Vegas in October 2017 that left 58 people dead and more than 850 injured.
But the step is tangible evidence that the department is working toward regulating the devices. And in December, Sessions announced that he was initiating the process to potentially change federal regulations and would be accepting public comments through January 25.
The NRA, which donated $30m to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, has not supported an outright ban on bump stocks.
The bureau decided bump stocks could not be regulated without a congressional change in current firearms laws, and even some ATF officials question if the administration is overstepping its bounds.
A semi-automatic rifle at right that has been fitted with a so-called bump stock device to make it fire faster sits on a table at the Washington State Patrol crime laboratory in Seattle. Today, the Department of Justice announced it has proposed regulation of firearms to include a ban on "bump stocks".
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