Trump's Justice Department Makes First Move Against Bump Stocks

Violet Powell
March 12, 2018

The Justice Department, however, is considering a measure that would ban bump stocks as part of an existing ban on machine guns, the Journal reported Saturday. "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".

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

The Justice Department officially submitted a notice of a proposed regulation with the Office of Management and Budget Saturday concerning bump stocks, accessories attached to semi-automatic weapons that enable them to mimic the functionality of automatic firearms.

The Justice Department's regulation would classify the hardware as a machine gun banned under federal law.

He would have to complete a similar public comment process were the Office of Management and Budget to approve the proposed regulation.

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Rather than allowing the ATF to take the lead, several lawmakers in Congress have proposed legislative solutions for bump stocks, including both outright bans and stricter regulations on 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 matter is more complicated than meets the eye.

A bump fire stock that attaches to a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing rate is seen at Good Guys Gun Shop in Orem, Utah, U.S., October 4, 2017.

The gun lobby group does support additional regulations for bump stocks and did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The plan does not address a number of issues supported by gun control advocates, including a ban on bump stocks or raising the minimum age required to purchase a rifle to 21.

Americans have been wondering what, if any, concrete gun control reforms would be made in response to the horrific massacre that left 17 innocent individuals dead last month in Parkland, Florida.

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