Trump Says Federal Bump Stock Ban Has Reached ‘Final Stages’

   10.02.18

On the anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas which left 58 people dead, President Donald Trump confirmed a federal bump stock ban is about “two or three weeks” away.

These plastic devices, which give semiautomatic firearms full-auto capabilities, have been on the hotseat in the senate since a gunman used them to fire more than 1,000 rounds into a crowd of people in roughly 10 minutes.

“We’re knocking out bump stocks. I’ve told the NRA. . . bump stocks are gone,” Trump said Monday during a news conference.

The NRA has stood firm through calls for more gun control, but says “devises designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

The proposal, which can be read below, has had to go through a required procedure in order to move forward. That procedure to implement a federal bump stock ban has now reached “the final stages,” President Trump reported:

 

The Department of Justice (Department) proposes to amend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations to clarify that “bump fire” stocks, slide-fire devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics (bump-stock-type devices) are “machineguns” as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), because such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger. Specifically, these devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun by functioning as a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that harnesses the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter. Hence, a semiautomatic firearm to which a bump-stock-type device is attached is able to produce automatic fire with a single pull of the trigger. With limited exceptions, primarily as to government agencies, the GCA makes it unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun unless it was lawfully possessed prior to the effective date of the statute. The bump-stock-type devices covered by this proposed rule were not in existence prior to the GCA’s effective date, and therefore would fall within the prohibition on machineguns if this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is implemented. Consequently, current possessors of these devices would be required to surrender them, destroy them, or otherwise render them permanently inoperable upon the effective date of the final rule.

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