Published: Mon, March 12, 2018

The Trump Administration Takes Steps To Ban Bump Stocks

The Trump Administration Takes Steps To Ban Bump Stocks

The U.S. Department of Justice proposed a regulation banning bump stock devices on firearms in a news release Saturday.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a notice of regulation which, it said, will "clarify that the definition of "machinegun" in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act includes bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices".

This may not come as a shock - President Donald Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations following the February school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

The accessory was not used in the recent Florida school shooting, in which 17 people were killed, but it was used past year in the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

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Bump stocks are gunstocks created to make bump firing easier-that is, they allow the gunman to use the gun's recoil to press the trigger faster than a human finger can, simulating the rapid-succession fire of an automatic weapon.

But the step is tangible evidence that the department is working toward regulating the devices. The ATF found that bump stocks did not amount to a machine gun and could not be subject to federal regulations.

Until Saturday's filing, however, the ATF had maintained that they do not have the power to regulate bump stocks under federal law. Current iterations of the bump stock technically produce multiple trigger pulls, using a gun's recoil against a shooter's trigger finger to speed up the fire rate. "The law is very clear and it does not now allow ATF to regulate such accessories", Bouchard wrote.

After the Parkland shooting, Trump announced his support for a ban on the devices.

The attachments are illegal in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and have been banned in California since 1990.

"Legislation is the only answer", she said.

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