Sessions moves to criminalize possession of bump stocks

Trump says DOJ will ban bump stocks blames Obama for legalizing them

Trump says DOJ will ban bump stocks blames Obama for legalizing them

"We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns".

Today the Department of Justice is publishing for public comment a proposed rulemaking that would define "machinegun" to include bump stock-type devices under federal law-effectively banning them.

If the NPRM is made final, bump-stock-type devices would be effectively banned under federal law and current possessors of bump-stock-type devices would be required to surrender, destroy, or otherwise render the devices permanently inoperable. The move came four months after a gunman in Las Vegas used a bump stock to fire down on concertgoers, killing 58 people, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Trump had ordered Justice to work toward a ban after the Florida high school shooting.

On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said bump stocks fall within the legal definition of "machine guns". Though bump stocks played no role in the mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school last month, President Trump and others quickly focused on banning bump stocks in their response to the outrage that followed.

President Trump, however, called for the Justice Department to act on the bump-stock devices, which were attached to rifles used in the October 1 massacre in Las Vegas, in which 58 concert-goers were slaughtered by a lone gunman firing from a high-rise hotel. Congress voted Friday to bolster background checks for gun purchases, spend more on school safety, and let the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study gun violence, ending what was in effect a 22-year ban that was supported by the National Rifle Association.

The Trump administration got something right, but not without a dig at the former president Barack Obama's administration.

They are also calling for a bipartisan effort to ramp up gun control and demanding "a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues".

The proposal is subject to a comment period of 90 days.

"Obama Administration legalized bump stocks", Trump tweeted.

Gun control advocates have raised concerns that such a sharp reversal, after years of the ATF making a case for why the instruments cannot be banned, could make a ban hard to defend in court.

The government determined in 2010 that bump stocks couldn't be regulated unless Congress changed the law.

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