DOJ Proposes Bump Stock Ban

DOJ Proposes Bump Stock Ban

DOJ Proposes Bump Stock Ban

The device allows guns to fire more rapidly, like automatic weapons.

This submission is a formal requirement of the regulatory review process.

The Justice Department's new ruling reverses the department's previous statements on the accessories, which were used in the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting in October. Once approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice will seek to publish this notice as expeditiously as possible.

But the step is tangible evidence that the department is working toward regulating the devices, however gradual that work might be. 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.

Saturday's move comes just two weeks after President Donald Trump said that he had directed the DOJ to propose the rule change.

More news: False information travels 6 times faster than the truth on Twitter

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

The National Rifle Association does not oppose ATF's acting on bump stocks under existing law - although it has objected to new legislation aimed at the same effect. This would mean the possession, sale and manufacture of the devices are prohibited under federal law, which largely bans automatic weapons.

The suggested regulation would redefine machine guns under the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act to include firearms with bump stock modifications, which increase the firing rate of rifles. Bump stocks require the shooter's finger to repeatedly hit the gun's trigger to fire at a high speed, which differs from the legal definition of a machine gun as a firearm that can fire multiple shots "by a single function of the trigger".

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. The law raises the legal age for buying rifles, imposes a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allows the arming of some school employees.

The president, who championed gun rights during his 2016 campaign, vowed to take action to prevent school shootings after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

Related news