Ban on bump stocks comes closer to reality

Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

U.S. President Donald Trump will support a modest set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on Sunday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a division of the Justice Department, was the one to declare the devices as legal in 2010, writing in a letter to leading bump stock manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions: "The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed".

"President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks", U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. As a result, the Justice Department's regulation would classify the device as a machine gun, which is prohibited under federal law.

Trump has also backed a ban on "bump stocks", accessories that enable semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds a minute.

On Saturday, the justice department submitted a proposed regulation that would prohibit the sale of the devices.

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump vowed that a ban on bump stocks as a legal item in the US was nearly "finished".

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A "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah on October 4, 2017. It does not, however, require approval from Congress, where it may have faced opposition due the pro-gun ownership lobby's power. The devices will remain on the market until the regulation is approved by the Office of Management and Budget.

Bump stocks were heavily criticised last October after one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history. Bump stocks were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, which took place in October in Las Vegas.

Trump had indicated two days ago that the paperwork for a ban on bump stocks was almost done.

It only took yet another highly publicized school shooting to galvanize the Trump administration into action regarding gun control laws in America.

Just hours after Florida Governor Scott Pruitt signed the Florida legislation on Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a federal lawsuit against the state over the portion of the law that raises the minimum age to buy a firearm.

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